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# Ms. Cathy Browne, Junior High Math

Welcome to Jr. High Math! This is my 9th year at St. John Fisher.  I am excited to be working with your child in 7th and 8th grade math. We are going to have a terrific year!

## June 07 - June 11

Posted on Jun 07, 2021

Friday is the LAST DAY OF SCHOOL! Students will be dismissed at 10:30 am.

We will finish the year working with probability and describing the likelihood of an event.

We will predict and perform a number of experiments and predict how likely each event will occur.

## May 24 - May 28

Posted on May 23, 2021

Reminders:

** Rainbow Cone order forms are due May 31st.**

We conclude our unit on transformations this week.  We will learn how to rotate an image around the x- and y- axis. Finally, we will learn how to combine the transformations of translation, reflection and rotation.  Our unit test on transformations will be Thursday (May 27th). We will complete a study in class to help prepare for the test.

We conclude our Geometry unit this week learning how to find the surface area of a cube and rectangular prism.  Our unit test will be Friday, May 28th. We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

## May 17 - May 21

Posted on May 17, 2021

We begin our unit on transformations this week.  First, we will learn how to describe the properties of a translation. Next, we will learn how to describe the properties of reflection. We will focus on modeling both transformations.

We start the week learning how to find the circumference and area of a circle.  Next, we work with composite shapes that include circles and semi-circles.  We’ll finish the week learning to find the surface area of a figure made up of cubes and prisms.

## May 10 - May 14

Posted on May 10, 2021

Reminders

8th Grade - McElligott Scholarship applications are due Tuesday, May 11th.

This week we will learn how to use scatter plots to find the relationships between two sets of real-world data. First, we will learn how to construct and interpret scatter plots. Next, we will learn how to use a trend line to make predictions from a scatter plot. On Friday, May 14th, we will have a quiz on scatter plots.

We continue in our geometry unit this week learning how to find the area of composite figures. Next, we will learn how to find the area of a circle. We will finish the week learning how to find the surface area of a figure made up of cubes and prisms.  We will have a quiz on Thursday, May 13th on finding the area and perimeter of triangles and quadrilaterals.

## May 03 - May 07

Posted on May 03, 2021

Reminders

Friday, May 7th is May Crowning - Students should arrive at school between 10am  and 10:15am.  The May Crowning Ceremony begins in church at 10:4am. Students may invite 2 guests to attend the ceremony.

Monsignor Francis J. McElligott Scholarship applications are due Tuesday, May 11th.

Our unit test on Functions is Tuesday, May 4th. We will complete our study guide for the test tomorrow in class. On Wednesday, we begin our unit on transformations and congruence. We will start with translations, a transformation that slides a figure along a straight line. Next, we will work with rotations, a transformation that flips a figure across a line.  Friday is May Crowning.

We continue our geometry unit this week working with polygons.  First, we will find the area and perimeter of various polygons.  Next, we will learn to find the area and perimeter of composite shapes.  We will finish the week learning how to find the circumference of a circle.

## April 26 - April 30

Posted on Apr 26, 2021

Reminders

Tuesday, April 27th : 8th grade students should wear a t-shirt representing the high school they will attend in the fall.

We wrap-up our unit on functions this week by learning how to describe a relationship given a graph and how to sketch a function, given a description.  Our unit test will be Friday, April 30th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

We begin our geometry unit this week.  We will start the unit working with complementary and supplementary angles.   Next, we will solve for a missing angle using the algebra skills we learned last unit.  We finish the week learning about the circumference of a circle.  We will have a quiz on Friday, April 29th on our first 10 vocabulary words.

## April 19 - April 23

Posted on Apr 19, 2021

This week we learn how to use tables, graphs, and equations to compare functions. Next, we will learn how to write a function rule, an equation that describes a functional relationship. We conclude the unit sketching and analyzing graphs.  Our unit test on functions is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, April 27th.  We will complete a study in class to help prepare for our test.

Our unit test on expression and equations will be this Thursday, April 22nd.  We will work on a study guide this week.  Additional problems will be available on Google classroom to help prepare for the test. On Friday, we begin our Geometry unit.

## April 12 - April 16

Posted on Apr 12, 2021

Welcome Back!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Spring Break.

We continue this week learning about functions. We will begin the week learning about the characteristics we can use to describe a function. Next, we will move on to graphing linear functions. We will finish the week learning you use tables, graphs, and equations to compare functions.  On Wednesday, April 14th, we will have a quiz on identifying functions and creating mappings. Students should complete 45 minutes of iReady this week.

We begin the week learning how to solve two-step equations. We will conclude our unit on solving equations this week by writing and solving two-step equations. Our unit test on expressions and equations is scheduled for next Tuesday, April 20th .  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Students should complete 45 minutes of iReady this week.

## March 29 - April 02

Posted on Mar 29, 2021

Reminders:  Graduation Pictures - Tuesday, March 30th

*Students received their caps and gowns on Friday.  Caps and gowns should be brought to school on Tuesday for graduation pictures.

**Wednesday - Holy Week Prayer Service to be livestreamed at 10:15 am

***Thursday - Early Dismissal - 11:30 am

This week we begin our unit on Functions. We will identify functions using sets of ordered pairs, tables, mappings, and graphs.  Students should continue to complete 45 minutes in iReady for the week.

This week we will focus on writing and solving one step equation word problems.  Students will write equations for specific situations and solve using inverse operations.  Students should continue to complete 45 minutes in iReady for the week.

## March 22 - March 26

Posted on Mar 21, 2021

Our unit test on Module 4 - Nonproportional Relationships will be Tuesday for Group 1 and Wednesday for Groups 2 and 3. We are completing a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems can be found on our Google Classroom.  Our next unit is on functions.  We will learn how to represent and use functions using sets of ordered pairs, tables, mappings, and graphs. Students should continue to complete 45 minutes in iReady for the week.

This week we will write and solve one step and two step algebraic equations. On Tuesday, we will have a quiz on combining like terms and the distributive property (rescheduled from last Friday).  Students should continue to complete 45 minutes in iReady for the week.

## March 15 - March 19

Posted on Mar 16, 2021

Reminders

No School Monday, March 15th

Wednesday, March 17h - “Touch of Green” for St. Patrick’s Day

Friday, March 19th - “Touch of Red” for St. Joseph’s Day

This week we conclude our unit on nonproportional relationships. We will learn how to graph a line using the slope and y-intercept. We will spend some time analyzing graphs represented by linear relationships. We will finish the unit learning how to distinguish between proportional and nonproportional situations. Group 1 will take their unit test on Friday, March 19th.  Groups 2 & 3 will take their unit test on Tuesday, March 23rd.  All groups will have a study guide to help prepare for the test.

This week we begin working with one step equations. We begin by writing equations using addition and subtraction.  We will then create algebraic equations using multiplication and division. Next we will learn to solve one step equations. We will have a quiz this Friday on the distributive property and combining like terms.

## March -8 - March 12

Posted on Mar 08, 2021

Reminders

Friday - March 12th  Early dismissal, 11:30am.  Parent Teacher Conferences, 12pm-4pm

Monday - March 15th  No School

This week we will continue working with non proportional relationships.  We will learn how to determine the y-intercept from a table.  Next, we will graph non proportional relationships using the slope and y-intercept.

This week we will learn about like terms and how we combine them to help solve equations. Next, we will learn how to use the distributive property to simplify expressions and equations. We will have a quiz on Thursday on evaluating algebraic expressions and combining like terms.

## March 01 - March 05

Posted on Feb 28, 2021

We have learned in this unit how to represent proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations.  This week we will learn how to represent non proportional relationships using a table, graph or an equation.  We will also learn how to determine the y-intercept and x-intercept of a line.  On Friday, March 5th, we will have a quiz on calculating slope using two points of a line.

This week we learn how to translate algebraic equations. We will practice writing equations with the various different terms that represent addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. Next, we will begin solving one step equations using addition and subtraction. We will finish the week solving one step equations with multiplication and division. On Thursday, March 4th, we will have a quiz on order of operations, evaluating expressions, and prime factorization.

## February 22 - February 26

Posted on Feb 22, 2021

Reminders: Cap & Gown Order Forms are due this week.

We return to working with rate of change and slope this week by learning how to calculate the slope of a line using two ordered pairs. We will then learn how to interpret a unit rate as slope.  On Thursday, we will have a quiz on representing proportional relationships with tables, graphs, and equations, as well as determining the slope of a line using “Rise” over “Run”.

This week we begin our unit on expressions and equations. Before we begin, we will review some key concepts that are an important part of this unit.  First, we will review order of operations. Next, we will spend some time reviewing prime factorization. We will then begin evaluating and translating algebraic expressions.

## Updated February 15 - February 19

Posted on Feb 15, 2021

This week we will revisit topics from the first part of the year.  On Tuesday, we will review scientific notation and powers of ten.  Wednesday will be a review of evaluating expressions.  On Thursday, we will review proportions and percentages. Friday will be a review of rational and irrational numbers.  All assignments will be posted to Google classroom and should be submitted by 4pm.

Our unit test on proportions and percent will be Friday, February 19th. We will complete our study guide and review in class this week.  Additional problems will be available on Google Classroom for extra practice.

## February 15 - February 19

Posted on Feb 15, 2021

## February 08 - February 12

Posted on Feb 08, 2021

Reminders

Our on-line book fair continues this week.

No School Friday, February 12 - Faculty Religious Development Day

No School Monday, February 15 - President’s Day

We continue this week working with the rate of change and slope. We will learn that the slope of a line is the ratio of the change in y-values on the graph to the corresponding change in x-values on the graph. We will also be relating the unit rate to the slope of a graph. We will have a quiz on Thursday, February 11 on representing proportional relationships with tables, graphs, and equations.

Wednesday, February 10th, we will take the 2nd iReady Math Diagnostic.

We conclude our unit on percentages this week. We finish the unit using the proportion method to solve various problems involving percentages. Our unit test will be Thursday, February 18th. We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will be posted to our Google classroom.

Wednesday, February 10th, we will take the 2nd iReady Math Diagnostic.

## February 01 - February 05

Posted on Feb 01, 2021

It’s Catholic Schools Week - Here are some of this week’s events.

Monday - Roll Out of Bed Day & BINGO

Tuesday - Game Day

Wednesday -  Wacky Wednesday - Collection for Ronald McDonald House

Thursday - Rosary service.

Friday - Out of Uniform - Falcon wear or special tie-dye creations -  School Movie

Virtual School Book Fair - February 1 - 14

We will spend this week using tables, graphs, and equations to represent proportional situations. Next, we will begin calculating the rate of change and slope. We will learn the four ways to represent slope on a graph. Students should continue to complete 45 minutes of iReady minutes this week.

This week, we will learn how to calculate simple interest and commission. We will have a quiz on Tuesday, February 2nd, on finding the percent of a number and percent increase and decrease. We finish the week learning how to find a number when a percent of it is known and finding a percent when a part and whole is known. Our unit test on percents is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, February 9th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Students should continue to complete 45 minutes of iReady minutes this week.

## January 25 - January 29

Posted on Jan 25, 2021

Congratulations to the Class of 2021 upon receiving the sacrament of Confirmation.

We conclude our Pythagorean Theorem and Volume units this week.  Our unit test is Thursday, January 18th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. On Friday, we will start our new unit on Proportional Relationships, Rate of Change, and Slope.

We will continue this week working with percentage increase and decrease, focusing on markup and discount.  Next, we will work with certain applications of percent such as sales tax, commission and interest.

## January 18 - January 22

Posted on Jan 17, 2021

*No School Monday, January 18th*

**We celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation this Sunday, January 24th.  Students will receive further instructions regarding the ceremony later this week.**

This week we will learn how the Pythagorean Theorem can be used to find the distance between any two points in the coordinate plane. We will work with the Distance Formula to find the missing sides of triangles. We will finish the week learning to find volume of cones and spheres.  Our unit test on Pythagorean Theorem and Volume is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, January 28th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

We will continue this week working with percentages. We will write percent expressions that include markup, markdown, sales tax and sales commissions. On Wednesday, we have a quiz on converting fractions, decimals and percents.  There will be a practice quiz (with solutions) posted to our Google classroom for students to use to help prepare for the quiz.

## January 11 - January 15

Posted on Jan 11, 2021

We continue working with the Pythagorean Theorem this week. We will learn about Pythagorean Triples, positive integers that fit the rule a² b ²= c².   Next, we will learn how to test the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem and use it to solve problems.  We will have a quiz on the topics learned during remote learning on Wednesday, January 20th.

We will continue this week working on finding the percent of a number.  We will focus on using percentages to describe an increase or decrease. Next, given an original amount and a percent increase or decrease, we will learn how to find the new amount.  We will have a quiz on converting decimals, percent, and fractions on Wednesday, January 20th.

## January 06 - January 08

Posted on Jan 06, 2021

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break.  On Wednesday, January 6th, we begin E-Learning and continue until Friday, January 15th. Students should begin each day by signing on to their Google classroom homeroom at 8am for attendance. In the event a student is not able to attend a virtual class, parents should contact the office or student’s homeroom teacher to verify the reason for not attending class.

Homeroom 103 E-Learning Schedule is as follows:

Monday / Tuesday / Thursday / Friday

8:15 - 8:55 -Science

9:00 - 9:40 - ELA

9:45 - 10:25 - Specials

10:30 - 11:10 -Global Studies

11:15 - 12:15 -Lunch

12:15 - 12:55 - ELA

1:00 - 1:45 -Religion

1:50 - 2:35 -Math

On Wednesday, students will attend Art at their scheduled special time, as well as work on assignments and iReady. Teachers will also have office hours on Wednesday for any student who needs additional help with assignments.

This week we will begin our unit on the Pythagorean Theorem. We will learn how to prove the Pythagorean Theorem and use it to solve for the missing lengths of sides or the area of a triangle. Next, we will use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems in three dimensions. Students should complete 45 minutes of lessons in iReady by Friday, January 15th.

This week we will begin our unit on proportions and percent.  First we will review how to convert a fraction and decimal to a percent.  Next, we will learn how to find the percent of a number.  Students should complete 45 minutes of lessons in iReady by Friday, January 15th .

## December 14 - December 18

Posted on Dec 14, 2020

Reminders

Thursday, December 17th  is Polar Express Day. Come to school dressed in comfy, Christmas holiday pajamas!

This week we work with triangles. We will prove why the sum of the measures of the interior angles of a triangle is always 180°. We will learn about exterior angles and remote interior angles. We will end the week learning about the Angle - Angle (AA) Similarity Postulate. Our Unit Test will be Monday, December 21st.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

We conclude our unit on Rate and Proportionality this week by graphing proportional relationships. Before graphing, we will review the key concepts of the coordinate plane and how to graph ordered pairs. Our unit test will be Monday, December 21st.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

## December 07 - December 11

Posted on Dec 06, 2020

Please return Confirmation forms to school by Tuesday, December 15th.

This week we continue to work with angles formed by parallel lines cut by a transversal. We will then learn how to solve for a missing angle measure when two parallel lines are cut by a transversal. We also review how to solve one and two step equations this week.  We will have a geometry vocabulary quiz on Friday, December 11th.

We start the week learning how to identify and represent proportional relationships. First, we will learn how to represent a proportional relationship using a table. We will learn how to find the rate of change between two quantities and determine if it is proportional.  We will learn how to determine if two ratios are proportional.  We will finish the week learning how to represent a proportional relationship with an equation.

## November 30 - December 04

Posted on Nov 30, 2020

I hope that everyone had a great Thanksgiving. Monday marks the end of the 1st Trimester.  Report cards will be sent home Thursday, December 3rd

School picture make-up day is Tuesday, December 1st.

Today we start the 1st of our 3 eighth grade geometry units.  We will start by reviewing the perimeter and area of polygons. Next, we will review the area and circumference of circles.  We will then learn about the angles formed by parallel lines that are cut by a transversal. We will have a quiz on Thursday on area, perimeter and circumference.

This week we begin our unit on rates and proportionality. We will start the unit by reviewing ratios. Next, we will learn how to find and use a unit rate. We will finish the week learning how to identify and represent a proportional relationship.  We will learn how to find the constant of proportionality and express proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations. We will have a quiz on ratios and unit rates on Thursday, December 3rd.

## November 23 - November 27

Posted on Nov 23, 2020

We are learning remotely on Monday & Tuesday.

7th Grade - Assignment will be posted Monday, November 23rd.

8th Grade - Assignment will be posted Tuesday, November 24th.

All assignments are due by 3pm on the day they are posted.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

## November 16 - November 20

Posted on Nov 16, 2020

On Monday we will take a practice test to help prepare for the high school entrance exam. The rest of the week, we will focus on scientific notation with positive and negative powers of 10. We will have a quiz on scientific notation on Friday, November 20th.

We will start the week reviewing prime and composite numbers. The remainder of the week will be spent using different forms of rational numbers to solve problems. Our unit test on operations with rational numbers is tentatively scheduled for Monday, November 23rd.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional problems can be found on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

## November 09 - November 13

Posted on Nov 09, 2020

Reminders

Out of Uniform - Wednesday - Veteran’s Day - \$1 Donation to the Fisher House

School Pictures - Make-up Day is Thursday, November 12

We continue working with scientific notation and exponents this week. We will work with the quotient of powers property and power to power property. Next, we will learn about scientific notation with positive and negative powers of 10. We have a quiz this Thursday, November 12th on Powers of 10.

This week we will multiply and divide rational numbers. We will review how to multiply and divide with decimals and fractions.  We will then combine these rules with our rules for multiplying and dividing integers. On Wednesday, we will have a quiz on converting fractions to decimals and mixed numbers to decimals (terminating and repeating decimals).  We will finish the week learning the divisibility rules for numbers 2 - 10.

## November 02 - November 06

Posted on Nov 03, 2020

Reminders:

School Pictures - Make-up Day is November 12

We continue working with scientific notation and exponents this week. On Monday, we will spend time reviewing the powers of 10.  Tuesday will be our quiz on integers.  The rest of the week will be spent learning about the zero exponent property, the negative exponent property, and the product of powers property.

We continue this week adding and subtracting rational numbers. Next, we will learn how to multiply and divide rational numbers.  On Thursday, we will have a quiz on converting fractions to decimals and mixed numbers to decimals (terminating and repeating decimals).

## October 26 - October 30

Posted on Oct 26, 2020

Reminders: Friday, October 30th Jr. High students can dress down in black and orange to celebrate Halloween.

This week we begin our unit on exponents and scientific notation. Before we begin the unit, we will review operations with integers. It is important to know the rules for adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing negative numbers. We will have a quiz on integer operations, Thursday, October 29th.  Next, we will work with powers of ten and learn how to represent very large and very small numbers using scientific notation.

We begin our unit on rational numbers and decimals this week. First, we will convert rational numbers to decimals. We will learn about terminating and repeating decimals. Next, we will learn how to add and subtract rational numbers.

## October 19 - October 23

Posted on Oct 18, 2020

We conclude our unit on probability this week. We will learn how to use a sample of data to gain information about a population. Next, we will learn how to create a dot plot and make inferences from our data. We will conclude the unit using proportions to make predictions about our data.  Our unit test on probability is scheduled for this Friday, October 23rd.  We will complete a study guide in class.  Addition problems for extra practice will be posted to our Google classroom.

We conclude our unit on multiplying and dividing integers this week. We will finish the unit using all four operations to solve problems involving integers. We will take a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers Thursday, October 22nd.  We will complete a study guide to help prepare for the quiz.  Additional practice problems will be posted to our Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz. On Friday, we begin our unit on rational numbers.

## October 13 - October 16

Posted on Oct 13, 2020

I hope everyone had a great fall break.  Progress check is Wednesday, October 14th.  Thursday, November 12th is School Picture Make-up Day.

We continue working with probability this week. We will continue working on finding the experimentally probability of a compound event. Next, we will learn how to make predictions using experimental probability.  We will finish the week working with theoretical probability, the probability that an event occurs when all of the outcomes of our experiment are equally likely.

This week we will learn how to multiply and divide integers. We will learn how to model these operations using a number line and counters, as well as the rules for both operations.  We will finish the week working with problems that involve all four operations.

## October 05 - October 09

Posted on Oct 05, 2020

Reminders:  FALL BREAK - No School October 9th & October 12th

It’s Spirit Week

Monday, October 5th: Roll Out of Bed Day- Come to school in your pajamas!

Tuesday, October 6th: Our Futures Are Bright Day .Wear something from the high school or college you hope to attend or dress in the clothing from a future career path.

Wednesday, October 7th: Sports Fan Day- Wear any clothing supporting your favorite sports team.

Thursday, October 8th: Falcon Spirit Wear- Complete Out of Uniform, dress in SJF gear!

We continue working with probability this week. We will learn how to find the experimentally probability of a compound event. We will have a quiz on theoretical and experimental probability on Wednesday.

Our unit test on adding and subtracting integers will be Wednesday, October 7th.  We will complete a study guide in class. Additional problems to help prepare for the test will be posted to Google classroom.  Thursday, we start our unit on multiplying and dividing integers.

## September 28 - October 02

Posted on Sep 27, 2020

Picture Day is Tuesday, September 29th.

This week, we begin our unit on probability. We will learn how to describe the likelihood of an event. Next, we will learn how to find the experimental probability of a simple event. We will learn what careers involve probability.  Friday, we will have a quiz on our probability vocabulary.

This week we will learn how to subtract integers. Next, we will solve multi-step problems involving adding and subtracting integers. We will conclude the unit working on multi-step word problems. Our unit test is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, October 6th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will be available on Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

## September 21 - September 25

Posted on Sep 20, 2020

We conclude our unit this week on real numbers. We will learn how to order and compare real numbers. Our unit test will be Friday, September 25th.  We will complete a study guide in class.  Additional problems to help prepare for the test will be posted to our Google classroom.

We begin the week reviewing order of operations.  We then continue adding integers with different signs and subtracting integers.  We will have a quiz later this week on absolute value and adding integers with the same sign.

## September 14 - September 18

Posted on Sep 13, 2020

We continue working with number sets this week.  We will focus on irrational numbers. We will learn how to convert and write an irrational number in decimal form to a fraction.  We will learn how to estimate the square root of a non perfect square.  Finally, we will spend some time working with cube roots.  We will have a quiz on perfect squares and perfect cubes on Friday, September 18

On Monday, we will review absolute value.  We will spend the remainder of the week adding and subtracting integers. First, we will learn how to add integers with the same sign.  Next, we will work with adding integers with different signs.  We will finish the week subtracting integers.

## September 08 - September 11

Posted on Sep 07, 2020

Welcome Back!!  I hope that everyone had a great summer.   An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the “Important Documents” section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our “Go Math” series.   Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year.

We will start 8th grade math discussing number sets.   First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers, and then move on to irrational numbers. We will work with finding square roots and cube roots.  We will finish the week ordering real numbers.

We will spend some time this week reviewing how to use the on-line math book. We begin 7th grade math working with integers.  We will find the absolute value of numbers.  Next, we learn how to add integers with the same sign and then move on to adding integers with different signs.

## May 18 - May 22

Posted on May 18, 2020

On Monday we will take our test on finding the volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.  There will not be a formal class today, but I will be available from 10:45 am  - 11: 30 am for questions regarding the test. Information on how to join the class can be found on my Google classroom.

Students please make certain you have completed all assignments by the end of this week.

On Monday, we continue solving for missing angles. On Wednesday, we will learn how to find the volume of a prism. Both lessons will be held at 10 am.   Information on how to join the class can be found on my Google classroom.

## May 11 - May 15

Posted on May 11, 2020

Instructions on how to create your part for the May Crowning Video will be posted to my Google Classroom on Monday.  If you have any questions, please reach out to me or Mrs. Maxwell.

Now to Math...

On Monday, we continue with calculating volume.  We will focus on the volume of a cone. Today’s Live Lesson will be at 10:45 am.  Information on how to join the class can be found on my Google stream.

On Wednesday,  we will learn how to find the volume of a sphere.  Wednesday’s lesson will also be  at 10:45 am. Sign in information for all Live Lessons will be posted to the stream prior to the lesson start time.

Monday, May 18th, we will be our last day of Live Lessons.  We will review the items that will be found on our last assessment.  A quiz on volume will be assigned later next week as well.

On Monday, we will spend some time reviewing one-step and two-step equations. We need to be able to solve for missing angles using algebraic equations, so we will take some to review. Today’s Live Lesson will be at 10am.

On Wednesday, our lesson will focus on solving for missing angles.  Wednesday’s Live Lesson will begin at 10:00am.  Sign in information for all Live Lessons will be posted to the Stream prior to the lesson start time.

## May 04 - May 08

Posted on May 04, 2020

Important Dates

*American Legion Leadership Award - Due Monday, May 4th

*Cap & Gown Orders are Due Wednesday, May 6th

*Monsignor McElligott Scholarship application due Wednesday, May 6th

If you were not able to join our Zoom Meeting for the Monsignor McElligott Scholarship you can contact Mrs. G or me for any information regarding the scholarship. After submitting the information to my Google classroom, please send me an email letting me know you have submitted your application.  I will send an email back confirming that I have received everything. Thanks!

Now to Math...

On Monday, we will take a quiz on solving equations.  Our quiz will cover all the different types of equations we have been solving the past few weeks. There will be two “Live Sessions” on Monday to assist you with the quiz.  This will not be a formal lesson, as in past weeks. Instead, you may use this time to ask questions about the quiz. The first will be at 10:30 am; the second will be at 2:30 pm.  Sign in information will be posted to my Google Classroom Monday morning.

On Wednesday, May 6th, we begin learning about volume. We will focus on finding the volume of cylinders and cones. Wednesday’s Live Lesson will be at 10:45 am. Sign in information for the lesson will be posted Wednesday morning to my Google Classroom Stream.

On Monday, we have a quiz on our Geometry Vocabulary.   There will be two “Live Sessions” on Monday to assist you with the quiz.  The first will be at 10:00 am; the second will be at 2:00pm. If at any time during the quiz you have a question, please join one of the Monday sessions. Sign in information will be posted to Google Classroom Monday morning.

On Wednesday, May 6th, our lesson will focus on angles.  Our lesson will begin at 10:00am.  Sign in information for this lesson will be posted Wednesday morning.

## April 27 - May 01

Posted on Apr 27, 2020

Reminders: Please continue to complete the Daily Attendance Form located on my Google Classroom.  Progress Report Check is Wednesday, April 29th.  My office hours this week are Monday - Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm.  You can access the link for Office Hours from my Google Classroom.

Look for information this week regarding the Monsignor McElligot Scholarship Award.

We will be solving more equations this week.  First, we will learn how to work with decimals when solving equations.  Next, we will focus on solving equations using distributive property.

On Monday, May 4th we will have a  quiz on solving all the different types of equations we’ve worked the past few weeks.

“Live” lessons this week on Monday, April 27th & Wednesday, April 29th, both at 10:45am.  Information on how to join the lessons can be found on the Stream.

This week, we will learn about scale drawings. We will learn how to create a scale to compare an actual object to a smaller representation. We will also learn how to calculate the area of an actual object using a scale drawing. We have a few more terms to add to our Geometry Books, then we will have a quiz on all our Geometry Terms Monday, May 4th.  I will post a list of all the terms you should have in your Geometry Books so you can check to make certain you have not missed any.

“Live” lessons this week on Monday, April 27th & Wednesday, April 29th, both at 10am. Information on how to join the lessons can be found on the Stream.

## April 20 - April 24

Posted on Apr 20, 2020

Reminders:

Happy Spring!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter.

As a reminder, students must complete the daily Attendance Form.  The form is posted daily to my Google Math Classsroom. The form is evidence and provides a record of each student's E-Learning.

In addition to my lessons, I have daily office hours, Monday - Friday from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm. Students may use this time to ask questions, review assignments, or for extra practice with problems. The link to sign in for this time is available on my Google Math Stream.

** If you have questions or need help, and are not able to join the live lessons or visit during office hours, please send me an email.  We will figure out a time that works!**

We continue working with multi-step equations this week.  Our equations will now include fractions and decimals. To help solve these equations, we will review prime and composite numbers and how to find Least Common Multiple (LCM).  Monday’s lesson is a video lesson. Wednesday’s lesson will be live at 10:45 am. On Friday, students will complete a “virtual field trip” and activity related to the 2020 Census.

We start our 2nd Geometry unit this week, Modeling Geometric Figures.  In order to prepare for this unit, we need to review proportions. Monday’s lesson is a video lesson reviewing how to solve for the missing part of a portion. Wednesday’s lesson will be live at 10:00 am. We will learn about scale factor and scale models. On Friday, students will complete a “virtual field trip” and activity related to the 2020 Census.

## Holy Week Assignment

Posted on Apr 06, 2020

On Thursday, students are scheduled to have a half-day before beginning our Easter break. Because this is a half day of e-learning, students will ONLY be responsible for completing a religion assignment that will highlight the solemnity and significance of the Triduum. This assignment will be posted to Mrs. G.'s Religion stream  on Thursday morning and is to be completed on Thursday.

## April 06 - April 10

Posted on Apr 05, 2020

Reminders:

Students must complete the Attendance Form every day.  The form is located on my Google Math Stream. My office hours this week will be Monday - Thursday, 11:30 am - 12:00 pm.  The link to sign in is available on my Google Math Stream. If you have questions, want to review a few problems, etc., please join me any time during 11:30 am - 12 pm.  Information regarding my Live Lesson times are below.

We are going to work this week solving equations with variables on both sides. Please join me for Monday’s Lesson at 10:15 am.  The sign-in information will be posted to my Google Classroom Stream. A video version of the lesson will be posted later Monday morning. Students should also continue to work on the Khan Academy topics assigned to their class.

We continue working with circles this week.  We will solve for the area and perimeter of composite figures that now include circles.  Wednesday’s Lesson will be LIVE at 10 am. I will post the sign-in information to the stream Wednesday morning. Students should also continue to work on the Khan Academy topics assigned to their class.

## March 30 - April 03

Posted on Mar 30, 2020

Thanks to everyone for working so hard as we continue to navigate the e-learning process. In order to enhance our virtual learning, the Jr. High teachers have been and will continue to communicate with their students on specified days of the school week, at designated times. These days and times will be listed on each teacher's blog.

I will be having live meetings on Monday - Friday from 11:30 am - 12:00 pm.  The link for these meetings will be posted to my Google Math Classroom every morning. I encourage students to sign in and ask questions.   Students can also email me using their school Gmail accounts.

Here’s what we will be working on this week in Math...

8th  Grade: We have completed our work with Pythagorean Theorem.   This week we will learn how to solve equations with variables on both sides. We will also spend some time reviewing how to evaluate algebraic equations, as well as one & two step equations.

7th Grade: Our focus this week will be on circles.  We will continue solving for the circumference of a circle and then learn how to find the area of a circle. We will also work on finding the relationship between circumference and area.

Important Note to Students and Parents:

This week, we will begin "Block Scheduling" with our virtual Jr. High curriculum.

Thank you for your patience and continued support as we continue to navigate the e-learning forum.  As Mrs. Nash mentioned in her Friday, March 27th video message, the junior high teachers are working diligently to present meaningful lessons to help students progress academically.  We feel strongly that our junior high students will be best suited following a block schedule. We believe that 2-3 hours of classwork each day is a realistic and manageable expectation for our junior high students.

 7th - 8th MONDAY TUESDAY WEDNESDAY THURSDAY FRIDAY Math Religion Math ELA Religion Science ELA Science Spanish* Library* Global Studies Gym* Global Studies Art*

*See Specials section below

Please know we are trying to provide our junior high students with a quality education by keeping them motivated, engaged, and accountable with our e-learning program.  We understand that every household faces its own challenges. If there are ever any extenuating circumstances (illness, internet interruptions, etc.) that may prevent our students from completing their assignments in a timely manner, please notify the homeroom teacher through email. Parents and teachers working together, maintaining effective communication, will surely enhance the success of our students' education during this challenging time.

GUIDELINES FOR STUDENTS TO ACHIEVE SUCCESS WITH E-LEARNING:

Teacher Blogs

The junior high teachers’ blogs, located on our SJF website, will reflect an overview of the subject matter being covered for that particular week.  Blogs should be checked weekly by parents and students for any other pertinent information or communications from our junior high teachers. Assignments will be posted to our teachers’ individual Google classrooms.

Attendance

On e-learning days, students are required to complete the Google attendance form located on their Google Classroom Math class.  Completing the attendance form is necessary as it is evidence of e-learning. In the event a student is not able to participate in e-learning on a particular day due to illness or unforeseen circumstances, parents/students are to notify the student’s homeroom teacher.

Assignments

Teachers will post assignments to their Google classroom by 8:30 a.m. on their subject’s scheduled day. Assignments should be completed by the assigned due date and time. Grades may be lowered on those assignments received after the due date. PowerSchool will continue to be updated so that parents can monitor that assignments are being completed in a timely manner.

Teacher Support

Teachers will be working throughout the hours of the school day (8 a.m. - 3 p.m.). Students may email questions using their school Gmail accounts. Emails received by the teachers after 3:00 p.m., may not be replied to until the following school day. Each teacher also has online office hours in order to be available for student (or parent) questions about assignments, e-learning, etc. Please check teachers’ blogs for online office hours times and sign-in information. Thank you for your patience as our teachers are providing assistance to many of our junior high students.

Specials

The junior high students have previously joined Google classrooms for Spanish and Library. Mr. Mulchrone and Mrs. Corley have created Google classrooms for gym and art. Students should join the gym and art classrooms using the codes below.

Assignments for each special can be found on each teachers’ Google classroom.  In addition, each of the specials teachers’ blogs will have a designated section for 7th & 8th grade students.

Technology Support

If you experience a problem with your ChromeBook, please notify your homeroom teacher. We will work with our technology team to address any problems.

## March 23 - March 27

Posted on Mar 22, 2020

Thanks to everyone for your patience as we continue the E-Learning process.  Students please remember to complete the Google Form posted each day to your Math Classroom.  We use this form for our daily attendance. If you have any problems with the form, please email me using your school Google email account.  I will also be available through Google Meet from 11:30am-12:00pm this week. The sign-in information is available on our Classroom Stream.

We continue working this week with the Pythagorean Theorem. Monday’s lesson will be a video lesson reviewing right triangles and word problems using the Pythagorean Theorem. We will also be using Khan Academy to help review important topics such as square roots, absolute value and rational numbers.

We will start the week working on finding the perimeter and area of composite figures. Monday’s lesson will be a video lesson. We will also be using Khan Academy to review topics such as negative numbers, ratio and percents.

## March 17th

Posted on Mar 18, 2020

Thank you for a great start to our E-Learning process.

Students, each day, as you begin the E-Learning process, please complete the Google Form posted to my Math Class. This is how we will take attendance.

## March 16 - March 20

Posted on Mar 15, 2020

A quick note...Thank you for your patience and understanding as we navigate through these unprecedented times.  For math class, the 7th and 8th grade students will use our Google classroom. I will post a new lesson everyday. Students should complete work on a daily basis. Feel free to reach out to me through email (cbrowne@sjfschool.net) or by using our Google classroom for any questions.

We begin our unit on the Pythagorean Theorem this week.  First, we will spend some time reviewing squares and square roots. Next, we will learn about the Pythagorean Theorem. We will learn how to determine the unknown side lengths in right triangles. Next, we will test the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem and determine if a triangle is a right triangle.

We are going to pause our unit on equations and inequalities and begin our Geometry unit. Students will create a “Geometry Book” using Google slides.  Each of the highlighted terms in my lesson should be a slide in the Geometry Book. We will start our Geometry unit with Angle Relationships. Some of the material this week is a review. Please read the information and review the diagrams and pictures.  After angles, we will work to find the area and perimeter of composite figures. We will also review the properties of polygons.

## March 09 - March 13

Posted on Mar 09, 2020

Reminders

Graduation Picture Retakes - Friday, March 13th

No School Monday, March 16th

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We conclude our unit on transformations this week by learning the connection between transformations and figures that have the same shape and size. Our unit test on transformations is scheduled for Friday, March 13.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we learn how to write and solve one-step inequalities. We will also learn how graphing the solution will help us to be certain we have the correct solution. Later in the week, we will learn how to write a two-step inequality.  Our unit test on expressions, equations and inequalities is tentatively scheduled for Friday, March 20th.

## March 02 - March 06

Posted on Mar 02, 2020

News & Notes

*Information regarding the “The Kevin Dowling” scholarship will be available to students on Monday.

*Special Lunch is this Wednesday, March 4th

On Monday, we continue learning about transformations. In this unit, we use tools such as models, rulers, paper and pencil to analyze two-dimensional figures.  We will learn more about reflections and their various properties using polygons on the coordinate plane. Next, we will learn about the properties of rotations. Finally, we will learn how to describe a translation, rotation, or reflection on coordinates using an algebraic equation.

We will spend some more time writing and solving two-step equations this week. We will also begin solving equations with variables on both sides of the equation. Finally, we will learn how to write and solve one-step inequalities.

## February 17 - February 21

Posted on Feb 17, 2020

Reminders:

The students continue to hear me reiterate the importance of “showing work”  whether doing homework, classwork, or tests. Showing work helps the students process and understand the concept. If often helps avoid careless mistakes. Finally, it helps me see how they arrived at their answers.

We wrap up our unit on nonproportional relationships this week.  We will conclude the unit by comparing proportional and nonproportional relationships.  Our unit test on proportional and nonproportional relationships will be Friday, February 21st. We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  There will be additional problems in our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

We continue working on writing and solving one-step equations this week.  Next, we will learn how to write and solve two-step equations. Our unit test on expressions and equations is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th.  We will review and complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

## February 10 - February 14

Posted on Feb 09, 2020

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will begin graphing linear nonproportional relationships using slope and y-intercept. On Wednesday, we will use graphs of linear relationships to visualize situations and solve problems.  Thursday is the 8th grade class ski trip! On Friday, we begin reviewing for our unit test. Our unit test on proportional and nonproportional relationships is scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we learn how to use the distributive property to simplify expressions. On Wednesday and Thursday, we will be working on solving one step equations. On Friday, we begin working with two step equations.

## February 03 - February 07

Posted on Feb 03, 2020

**Graduation Pictures will be taken Wednesday, February 5th.  This is an “out of uniform” day for the 8th grade students.**

**We celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on Sunday, February 9th, at 12:00 Mass.  Students will receive further instructions regarding the ceremony later this week.**

We continue this week working with non proportional relationships represented by tables, graphs and equations.  We will learn how to determine slope using the x and y-intercepts. Students will also be assigned a constructed response question. A constructed response in math requires students to apply their knowledge of certain mathematical skills and explain the process they used to solve a problem.  The constructed response will be due on Friday, February 7th.

This week we will work with variables, constants, and coefficients as we begin to solve equations. We will also learn how to translate word phrases to algebraic expressions. Last week we reviewed order of operations and greatest common factor, both important skills needed as we begin our unit on expressions and equations.  Students will have a quiz on these two topics on Wednesday, February 5th.

## January 27 - January 31

Posted on Jan 27, 2020

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

Thank you to all who visited during the open house on Sunday.

**Ski trip forms should be returned by Friday, January 31st.

We continue this week working with non proportional relationships represented by tables, graphs and equations.  We will then learn how to determine slope using the x and y-intercepts.

Today we start our next unit, Expressions and Equations.  We will learn about variables, coefficients, and constants. We will learn how to use substitution to evaluate expressions. We will finish the week learning how to solve one step equations.

## January 20 - January 24

Posted on Jan 21, 2020

REMINDERS:

Forms for the 8th grade class ski trip should be returned to homerooms by January 31st.

Confirmation will be celebrated Sunday, February 9th. Confirmation forms should be returned to homeroom teachers as well.

No School Monday. On Tuesday, we work with interpreting unit rate as slope.   We then begin working with nonproprtional situations. We will learn how to use a table, equation, or graph to represent linear nonproportional relationships.

No School Monday.  On Tuesday, we will use the proportion method to solve percent problems.  This is the last topic in our unit on percents. Our unit test will be Friday, January 24th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom as well.

## January 13 - January 17

Posted on Jan 13, 2020

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue working with proportional relationships this week.  On Wednesday, January 15th we will have a quiz on identifying a proportional relationship from a table, graph, or equation. We then work on finding the rate of change or slope. We will learn that the slope of a line is the ratio of the change in y-vaules on the graph to the corresponding change in x-values on the graph. We will also be relating the unit rate to the slope of a graph.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we have a quiz on percent increase and percent decrease focusing on mark-up and mark-down (discount). We will spend the remainder of the week working on other percent concepts such as sales tax, commission, and simple interest.  We will also be working with situations that require applying more than one percent to a problem. Our Unit 5 test on Proportions and Percents is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 22nd. We will have a study guide in class to help us prepare for the test.

## January 06 - January 10

Posted on Jan 06, 2020

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had a wonderful Christmas and enjoyed the break.  A quick reminder about homework as we start the new year. The math homework assigned is designed to help students practice what was covered in class.  There are a number of resources that students can use while completing assignments. Notes and problems from class, our Go Math! Book, and the “Resource” section of our Google classroom are all tools that students can use to guide them through problems and assignments. Finally, I am available before and after school for any additional help needed.

We start the new year with a brief review of the topics learned in 1st trimester.  We will review rational numbers, scientific notation, proportional relationships and unit rates.  We will review how we can represent proportional relationships with tables, equations, and graphs.  Next, we will learn how to calculate the slope of a line using a graph or points from the line. We will finish the week relating unit rates and slope.

We start 2020 with a brief review of the topics learned in 1st trimester including operations with integers and converting fractions to decimals to percents.  We then continue working with percent increase and decrease focusing on mark-up, discounts and sales tax. We will also learn how to calculate simple interest. We will finish the week working with problems that have multiple percent concepts.

## December 16 - December 20

Posted on Dec 17, 2019

Our Christmas School Mass is Friday, December 20th at 10:15 am.  Early dismissal follows at 11:30 am.

Have a great Christmas and enjoy the break!

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we review how to use tables, graphs, and equations to represent proportional situations. We will also work to find the constant of proportionality in a given equation. We will finish the week finding a rate of change or slope.

During the first part of Monday’s class, we will take a quiz converting fractions to decimals to percents.  The 2nd part of class we will have Accelerated Math. The rest of the week we will work with specific percent increase and decrease items such as mark-ups, discounts, and sales tax. We will finish the week calculating the actual cost of the “Twelve Days of Christmas”.

## December 09 - December 13

Posted on Dec 09, 2019

REMINDERS:

8th Grade-Please remember to bring in your “Release Forms” from the High Schools.  We need this document to forward your transcripts to the high schools.

We wrap up our unit on triangles and angles this week.  We will learn about the Angle-Angle Similarity Postulate and identify similar triangles. We will have a quiz on Friday, December 13th.  The quiz will cover angles created by a transversal, exterior angles and remote interior angles of a triangle, and similar triangles.

On Monday, we will use the data we collected in gym class to calculate your maximum heart rate and target heart rate.  We will also create a graph with the data collected. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on percents. We will spend some time reviewing the process to convert fractions and decimals and percents. Then, we will learn how to use percents to describe change.

## December 02 - December 06

Posted on Dec 01, 2019

Wednesday, December 4th is Special Lunch

Friday, December 6th - No School - Teacher In-service

Saturday, December 7th - High School Entrance Exam*

*Pre-registration for the entrance exam is suggested, but not required.  Please check the high school website for additional information.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with angles and triangles.

We will focus on the exterior angles and remote interior angles of a triangle. We will conclude the unit learning how to determine when two triangles are similar.  Our unit test is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 10. Additional problems to help prepare for the test will be available on our Google classroom.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we conclude our unit on proportional relationships.  We will review and complete a study guide in class. Our unit test is scheduled for December 5th. Additional problems to help prepare for the test will be available on our Google classroom.

## November 25 - November 29

Posted on Nov 24, 2019

Parent Teacher Conferences are Monday, November 25th from 12-3 and 5-8 & Tuesday, November 26th from 12-2.  I look forward to seeing you then.

With our short week, we will review some topics from earlier this year including integers, coordinate plane, and rational numbers.  I hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoys the break.

## November 18 - November 22

Posted on Nov 19, 2019

*Today marks the start of the 2nd Trimester.

**Report cards will be distributed on Wednesday.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will continue working with angles and triangles. First, we will work with the sum of the angle measures in triangles and learn about the Triangle Sum Theorem. Next, we will work on solving for the missing angles of triangles. We will finish the week learning about exterior and remote interior angles of triangles.

Monday is Accelerated Math. The remainder of the week we continue working with proportional relationships. In addition to tables and equations, we will use a graph to represent and analyze proportional relationships. We will also spend some time working with the coordinate plane.

## November 11 - November 15

Posted on Nov 11, 2019

Reminders:

Friday, November 15th

*Picture retakes

*Dress down day in support of the Honor Flight Organization

*Veteran's Day Celebration 1pm in church

This week we will work with angles, parallel lines, and triangles. We will learn about the eight angles created when cut by a transversal. We will learn how to solve for a missing angle given the various angles relationships. Finally, we will learn various relationships between the interior and exterior angles of a triangle.

We continue working with unit rates this week. We will focus on proportional relationships and learn how to calculate a rate of change. We will learn how to use tables, graphs and an equation to represent a proportional relationship.  We will have a quiz on unit rates and solving for proportions on Thursday, November 14th.

## November 04 - November 08

Posted on Nov 04, 2019

Monday is Accelerated Math. Our unit test on exponents and scientific notation is Wednesday, November 6th.  We will complete a study guide in class. On Thursday we begin the first of our geometry units.  We will learn about angle relationships and triangles.

Groups 2 & 3 will take their test on test on rational numbers Monday (postponed from Friday).  We will then begin our unit rates and proportionality. First, we will work on finding and using unit rates. Next, we will begin working on constant rate of change. Friday we will have Accelerated Math.

## October 28 - November 01

Posted on Oct 28, 2019

REMINDERS:

Tuesday: Jr High Retreat at St. Rita High School  - Students wear their school uniforms and bring a “brown bag” lunch.

Wednesday:  Early Dismissal @ 1:45 pm

Thursday: Halloween - Jr High students may be out of uniform.  This is also our second high school options day. Single gender schools will be here to meet and talk to students.

Friday: All Saints Day Mass 1 pm

This week we conclude our unit on scientific notation and exponents. Our unit test is scheduled for Tuesday, November 5th.  We will work on a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Additional problems will be available on our Google classroom as well.

We conclude our unit on rational numbers this week. Our unit test is Friday, November 1st.  We will work on a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. There will also be additional problems for practice on our Google classroom.

## October 21 - October 25

Posted on Oct 21, 2019

REMINDERS:

Permission Slips are due for our October 29th retreat at St. Rita High School. Please turn in during homeroom.

Group Three will take their quiz on Power of 10 and exponents Monday (rescheduled from last week.) This week we work on operations with scientific notation. We will learn how to add and subtract numbers in scientific notation. Next, we will learn how to multiply and divide numbers in scientific notation. We will also do Accelerated Math this Thursday, October 24th.

This week we continue working on multiplying and dividing rational numbers.  We will review the rules for dividing when decimals are in the divisor, dividend, or both. We will review using the reciprocal when dividing with fractions. We will conclude the unit at the end of the week. Our unit test will be next Wednesday, October 30th. Students will have a study guide to help prepare for the test.  We will also do Accelerated Math this Thursday, October 24th.

## October 14 - October 18

Posted on Oct 15, 2019

Reminders:

No School Monday, October 14th  - Columbus Day

High School Options - Co-ed Schools, Wednesday, October 16th  9-12pm

We continue working this week with scientific notation. This week we will focus on scientific notation with negative numbers. We will work with examples of the very small numbers scientific notation with negative numbers represent. Our quiz on powers of 10 and exponents will be Thursday, October 17th.

We continue working with rational numbers this week.  First, we will work with subtracting rational numbers.  Next we will learn the “divisibility rules” for the numbers 2-10.  These rules will help us divide, as well as simplify fractions and factor numbers easily. We will finish the week multiplying and dividing rational numbers.

## October 07 - October 11

Posted on Oct 06, 2019

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue to work with integer exponents this week. On Tuesday, we will learn how to use scientific notation to write very large and very small quantities. We will also learn to convert numbers in scientific notation to standard notation. We will explore real world situations in science to represent these numbers.  We will have a quiz on powers of ten and exponents on Thursday, October 10th.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we start our unit on rational numbers. We will review the steps to convert fractions to decimals and decimals to fractions.  We will work with terminating and repeating decimals. Next, we will work with adding and subtracting rational numbers.

## September 30 - October 04

Posted on Sep 30, 2019

REMINDERS:

School Pictures - Tuesday, October 1st

Special Lunch - Wednesday, October 2nd

We continue working this week on integer exponents.  We will learn and work with various math properties using exponents.  This week we will focus on the Product of Powers, Quotient of Powers, and Power of a Power properties. Next, we will begin using scientific notation to express very large quantities.  We will also have a quiz on operations (adding, subtracting, multiplying, and dividing) with integers. A review of those operations can be found on my Google classroom.

We continue this week learning the rules to multiply and divide integers. We will then use integer operations to solve word problems that represent real-world problems. We will also spend some time working with absolute value and order of operations. On Friday, we will have a quiz on multiplying and dividing with integers.

## September 23 - September 27

Posted on Sep 22, 2019

REMINDERS:

Early dismissal, 1:45pm, this Thursday, September 26 for Faculty In-Service.

Homecoming Pep Rally @ 1:30pm,  Friday, September 27 - School Gym

Homecoming Dance  7pm - 10pm, Friday, September 27

This week we start our unit on exponents and scientific notation. First, we will spend some time working with powers of 10.  Next, we will review operations with integers. We will finish the week learning how to develop and use the properties of integer exponents. Thursday we will work on Accelerated Math.

Our unit test on adding and subtracting integers is Tuesday, September 24th.  Additional practice problems can be found on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.  On Wednesday, we will start our next unit, Multiplying and Dividing Integers.

## September 16 - September 20

Posted on Sep 15, 2019

We wrap up unit one this week. Our first unit test will be Friday, September 20th.  It will cover absolute value, rational and irrational numbers, perfect squares and cubes, and ordering and comparing rational numbers.  We will review in class using a study guide. Additional problems will be posted on our Google classroom to help review for the test.

We will conclude our unit on adding and subtracting integers this week. Our unit test will be on Tuesday, September 24th. We will complete a study guide in class to help review.  Additional problems will be posted on our Google classroom to help review for the test.

## September 09 - September 13

Posted on Sep 09, 2019

REMINDERS:  No School, Friday, September 13th - Faculty In-Service

This week we continue learning how to describe relationships between sets of real numbers. We will also learn how to use real numbers to represent real-world quantities. We will conclude our unit ordering and comparing real numbers. Our Unit 1 test will take place on Tuesday, September 17th. We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for our test.  We will also spend some time this week reviewing how to multiply and divide with decimals.

This week we learn how to subtract integers. Next, we will work with multi-step problems involving addition and subtraction of integers.  Finally, we will learn about certain mathematical properties, including the associative and commutative properties.

## September 03 - September 06

Posted on Sep 04, 2019

Reminders: Back to School Night - Wednesday, September 4 at 6:30pm

We continue this week working with rational and irrational numbers. We will learn how to estimate irrational numbers. Next, we will learn how to describe relationships between sets of real numbers.  On Thursday, September 5th, we will have a quiz on the first 15 perfect squares and the first 5 perfect cubes.

This week we will learn how to add integers with different signs. We will also learn how to model the addition of integers using number lines, counters, and zero pairs.  We will have our 1st quiz on adding integers and writing negative numbers this Friday, September 6th.

## August 26 - August 30

Posted on Aug 27, 2019

Welcome Back!!  I hope that everyone had a great summer.   An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the “Important Documents” section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our “Go Math” series. Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year. I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you at Open House on Wednesday, September 4th.

We begin the school year discussing number sets.   First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers, and then move on to irrational numbers. We will work with finding square roots and cube roots.  We will finish the week ordering real numbers.

We begin the school year working with integers.  We start by adding integers with the same sign and then move on to adding integers with different signs.  We will finish the week learning to subtract integers.

## May 27 - May 31

Posted on May 27, 2019

Lots going on this week...

Jr High Field Day - Tuesday, May 28th at Beverly Park

Just Desserts - Wednesday, May 29th 7pm - Kane Hall

Graduation Dance - Friday, May 31st  - Kane Hall

Class of 2019 Graduation - Sunday, June 2nd - 12:00 Mass

*Students should arrive in their homerooms by 11:30am on Sunday.

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Our Field Day is Tuesday. We will spend the rest of the week performing a number of experiments to determine experimental probability of simple and compound events.

## May 20 - May 24

Posted on May 20, 2019

The class of 2019 will celebrate Ribbon Mass at 8:15 am this Friday, May 24th.  The students will then be invited to Kane Hall afterwards for donuts and juice.  All are welcome to attend the Ribbon Mass.

We conclude our unit this week on two-way tables. We will finish the unit categorizing and analyzing data using a two-way frequency table. We will learn how to calculate a conditional relative frequency from our data. Our unit test on two-way tables will be Thursday, May 23rd.

Our last Accelerated Math will be Tuesday.  Students who need to complete additional objectives may come in early or work after school.

We continue working this week on probability. We will learn how to find the probability of an event. We will learn how to describe the likelihood of an event. We will learn how to determine the complement of an event.

Our last Accelerated Math will be Tuesday.  Students who need to complete additional objectives may come in early or work after school.

The 7th grade year-end assessment dates are Thursday, May 23rd and Friday, May 24th

## May 13 - May 17

Posted on May 13, 2019

This week, we will work with two-way frequency tables. These tables help us organize and analyze data. They also allow us to review a number of the skills we have worked with this past year including proportions, percentages, and solving equations. Students will also begin working this week on a math lesson for our 2nd grade prayer partners. The lesson will be based on a math book chosen from our library.

We conclude our unit on random samples and populations this week. We will review and complete a study guide in class. We will take a quiz on this unit Wednesday, May 15th. We will begin our unit on experimental probability on Thursday.

## May 06 - May 10

Posted on May 06, 2019

Important Dates and Events

Monday, May 6th is the S.O.A.R. Field Trip to assist with Special Olympics.

Wednesday, May 8th is the Junior High Field Trip to the Holocaust Museum.  Students should arrive to school at 9 am.  We will return to school around 4:30 pm.

Friday, May 10th is May Crowning.  The 8th grade students should arrive between 10:15 am and 10:30 am. It is a full day of school for 7th grade students.

We will begin our unit on Two Way Tables this week. We will learn how to use two-way frequency tables to organize and analyze real world data.

We continue working this week with random population and samples.  We will find the measures of the data such as the mean and median, and use them to solve problems.

## April 29 - May 03

Posted on Apr 29, 2019

This week we will work on creating and interpreting scatter plots.  We will learn to describe patterns such as clustering, outliers, and positive or negative association. Tuesday we will have Accelerated Math. Students will also spend time this week working on their Flipgrid project related to the Stock Market Game.

This week we will work on using random samples and populations to solve problems. Students will use a number of innovative ways to represent a sample from a population. Tuesday we will have Accelerated Math. Students will also spend time this week working on their Flipgrid project related to the Stock Market Game.

## April 08 - April 12

Posted on Apr 08, 2019

REMINDERS

**Tuesday, April 9th is the Student Art Show in Kane Hall – 5:30 – 7:30pm

**Wednesday, April 10th is Progress Check.

**Our all school Easter Liturgy is Friday, April 12th at 1pm.

EASTER BREAK BEGINS FRIDAY- STUDENTS RETURN THURSDAY, APRIL 25th

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we will conclude our unit on Transformations.  Our unit test will be Thursday, April 11th.  We will complete a study guide in class.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will conclude our unit on scale drawings, angles, and circles. Our unit test will be Thursday, April 11th.  We will complete a study guide in class.

## April 01 - April 05

Posted on Apr 01, 2019

Aspire Testing will take place Tuesday, April 2nd – Friday, April 5th

We will continue working on transformations this week. We will learn how to represent translations, reflections, and rotations using algebraic equations.

We will continue working with circles this week.  We will learn the formula to calculate the area of a circle. Next, we will calculate the area of composite figures that include circles.

## March 25 - March 29

Posted on Mar 25, 2019

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, class periods 7 & 8 will take their test on Functions (Module 6). Students have a study guide to help prepare for the test. Our next unit is on Transformations and Congruence. First, we learn how to create and describe the translation of a figure.  Next, we will learn how to create and describe the reflection of a figure.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will work with angles. We will use our protractors to measure different types of angles. Next, we will use one and two-step equations to solve the missing angles of various figures. We will finish the week learning about the circumference and area of a circle. We will have a quiz on Thursday on area and perimeter of triangles and quadrilaterals.

## March 18 - March 22

Posted on Mar 18, 2019

Reminders:  Tuesday, March 19th – St. Joseph’s Day – Students may wear a “touch of red”.

This week we conclude our unit on functions.  We will finish the unit using tables, graphs and equations to compare functions. We will also describe a relation given a graph or by sketching a graph when given a description. Class period 5 will take their unit test on Thursday, March 21st.  Class periods 7 & 8 will take their test on Tuesday, March 26th.  Students will receive a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.

This week we will focus on quadrilaterals and three-dimensional figures.  We will review the formulas to find the area and perimeter of squares, rectangles, parallelograms, and trapezoids.   We will learn how to find the area of an irregular polygon.  We will conclude the week finding the cross figures of three-dimensional figures.

## March 11 - March 15

Posted on Mar 10, 2019

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue this week working with functions. We will complete function tables and graph linear functions. We will use tables, graphs and equations to compare functions. We will also review rational numbers and absolute value and take a quiz on these two skills Wednesday.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin creating a scale drawing of a room. Students will use measurements from a room in their home and create a drawing using the scale factors skills we have learned in class. Measurements are due on Tuesday.  A copy of the form distributed in class can also be found on our Google classroom.  We will also have a quiz on Thursday covering scale factor and finding the interior angle of a triangle.

## February 25 - March 01

Posted on Feb 25, 2019

Reminders:

Special Lunch orders are due Wednesday, February 27th

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Class periods 7 & 8 will take their unit test on      nonproportional relationships on Tuesday.  This week we begin our unit on functions. First, we learn how to identify functions from tables and graphs.  Next, we learn how to describe a function.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin the first of our geometry units.  We begin by learning about similar figures.  Next, we will use scale drawings to solve problems.  We will finish the week creating a scale drawing of a room in a house.

## February 18 - February 22

Posted on Feb 18, 2019

Last week, the Junior High students began participating in the “Stock Market Game”. Together with the program, Mrs. Reed and myself, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of saving and investing. The program involves using many of the math concepts we have learned in class.

We conclude our unit on nonpropotional relationships this week. Students in class period 5 will take their unit test on Friday, February 22nd. Students in class periods 7 & 8 will take their unit test, Tuesday, February 26th. We will complete a study guide in class. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

We conclude our unit on expressions and equations this week. We will have our unit test this Friday, February 22nd. Our unit test will cover writing and solving one-step and two-step equations. We will complete a study guide in class. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

## February 11 - February 15

Posted on Feb 12, 2019

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with the x and y-intercepts. We will analyze graphs that represent real-world situations using linear relationships. Friday is the 8th grade ski trip!

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin writing and solving two-step equations. As with one-step equations, we will apply inverse operations to solve equations. We will also spend some time this week reviewing operations with integers and absolve value.

## February 04 - February 08

Posted on Feb 03, 2019

Confirmation will be celebrated is this Sunday, February 10th at 12:00 mass.  The confirmation prayer service and rehearsal for students, parents, and if possible, sponsors, is Wednesday, February 6th at 7:30 pm in church.

We continue working this week with nonproportional relationships.  We will learn how to determine, as well as graph relationships using the x and y-intercepts. We will work with the slope-intercept form of an equation, y=mx b.

Our quiz on evaluating and writing expressions is Monday.  On Tuesday, we will begin writing and solving algebraic equations. Next, we will learn how to write and solve two-step algebraic equations.

## January 28 - February 01

Posted on Jan 29, 2019

Happy Catholic Schools Week!!

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin working with nonproportional relationships. We will create tables, write equations, and graph nonproportional relationships as we learn their characteristics. We will also learn about linear equations and how they can be written in the form y=mx b.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin writing algebraic expressions. Next, we will learn how to solve a one-step equation using addition and subtraction. On Friday, we will have quiz covering the following topics: evaluating expressions, combining like terms, distributive property, and translating algebraic expressions.

## January 21 - January 25

Posted on Jan 21, 2019

No School Monday – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

This week we conclude our unit on proportional relationships. This Thursday, January 24th, we will have a quiz on calculating slope.  Our next unit will focus on nonproporitonal relationships.  We will use tables, graphs, and equations to represent linear nonproportional situations. We will also learn about the x and y-intercepts.

This week we continue working with algebraic expressions and equations. We will learn how to combine like terms. We will simplify expressions using the distributive property.  Finally, we will begin writing and solving one-step equations.  Friday, January 25th, we will have a quiz on writing expressions and equations and combing like terms.

## January 14 - January 18

Posted on Jan 14, 2019

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Wednesday, we will have a quiz on representing proportional relationships. The remainder of the week, we will focus on various ways to calculate the slope of a line.  We will use graphs and determine the “rise” over the “run”. We will also use coordinates and determine the change in y-values and change in x-values.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin our unit on expressions and equations.  First, we will learn the difference between expressions and equations. Next, we learn how to write an algebraic expression for a word expression.  We will finish the week learning how to use the distributive property to solve equations.

## January 07 - January 11

Posted on Jan 07, 2019

Happy New Year!!  I hope that everyone had a wonderful Christmas.

We begin our unit on proportional relationships this week.  We will first review solving proportions. Next, we will create tables, graphs, and equations to represent proportional situations. We will work specifically with the equation y=kx and learn how to determine the constant of proportionality.

This week will we review all of our topics with percents.  Our unit test will be Thursday, January 10th.  We will complete a study in class and additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

## December 17 - December 21

Posted on Dec 17, 2018

Reminders:  We have a lot going on this week at St. John Fisher.  All are welcome!!

Monday, December 17, 1:20 pm:  Mother McAuley Acapella Choir – Church

Tuesday, December 18, 7:00 pm:  Christmas Band Concert – Church

Friday, December 21, 11:30 am:  Christmas Prayer Service - Church

Thursday, December 20th is Ugly Sweater Day.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Groups 2 & 3 will take their Pythagorean Theorem unit test on Wednesday.  We will work on a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Group 1 will begin our unit on proportional relationships.  We will review the constant of proportionality and create tables to show a proportional relationship.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue working with percents this week. We will focus on problems that involve multiple percents. We will also spend time reviewing how to find a number when a percent is known and finding the percent when the part and whole are known.

## December 10 - December 14

Posted on Dec 10, 2018

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We will conclude our unit on Pythagorean Theorem this week.  Group one will take their unit test on Thursday, December 13th. Groups two and three will take their unit test on Monday, December 17th.  We will complete a study guide in class and additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue working with percents this week. We will work with sales tax, simple interest and multiple percents. We will also spend time finding a number when a percent is known and finding the percent when the part and whole are known.

## December 3 - December 7

Posted on Dec 03, 2018

Reminder: No School Friday, December 7th – Faculty In-Service

We continue this week working with the Pythagorean Theorem to determine if a triangle is a right triangle. We will also test the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems. Finally, we will work with the Pythagorean Theorem on the coordinate plane.

This week we will focus on percent increase and decrease to describe how much a quantity increases in comparison to its original amount. We will focus on two specific increase and decrease problems, markup and markdown. We will also continue to review converting percents, decimals and fractions.

## November 26 - November 30

Posted on Nov 25, 2018

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with triangles. We will begin working with the Pythagorean Theorem and solve for the missing sides of right triangles.  We will also use the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems in three dimensions. We will also use the Pythagorean Theorem to determine if a triangle is a right triangle.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we will continue creating tables and graphing proportional relationships. We will also learn how to tell if a graph represents a proportional relationship. Next, we will review how to convert fractions to percents, decimals to percents, and percents to decimals. On Friday, we will have a quiz on creating tables and graphing proportional relationships.

## November 12 - November 16

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

Monday marks the start of the 2nd trimester. Report cards will be distributed Wednesday, November 14th

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will continue working with triangles and angles. We will use the various theorems we have learned to determine if two triangles are similar. Group 1 will have a quiz on angles created by a transversal on Thursday, November 15th.  Groups 2 & 3 will take their quiz on angels created by a transversal on Friday, November 16th.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with the constant of proportionality. We will write equations to represent proportional relationships.  Next, we will represent proportional relations using graphs.  We will also spend some time this week reviewing ordered pairs on the coordinate plane.

## November 5 - November 9

Posted on Nov 06, 2018

We continue this week working with angles and triangles. We will solve for the missing angles of interior and exterior angles of a triangle using the Exterior Angle Theorem.  Next, we will learn how to determine if two triangles are similar. We will also review solving for proportions this week to help with our work with triangles.  Our solving one and two-step equations quiz has been rescheduled for this Wednesday, November 7th

We continue this week working with rates and proportionality. We will learn how to identify and represent proportional relationships? A proportional relationship will have a rate of change that is constant between any two quantities. We will show proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations. We will have a quiz on ratios, rates and unit rates on Friday, November 9th

## October 29 - November 2

Posted on Oct 29, 2018

Reminders:  Thursday: High School Options – Single Gender Schools

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with angle relationships in parallel lines and triangles. We will learn a number of angle theorems for triangles. First, we will work with the Triangle Sum Theorem.  Next, we will work with the Exterior Angle Theorem and learn the relationship between interior and exterior angles.  We will also continue reviewing how to solve one and two-step equations.  On Friday, November 2nd, we will have a quiz on solving one and two-step equations. Practice problems can be found on our Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on Rates and Proportionality.  We start by working with ratios. Next, we will use rates and unit rates to simplify complicated ratios.  We will finish the week learning how to identify and represent proportional relationships.

## October 22 - October 26

Posted on Oct 22, 2018

Reminders:

Wednesday, October 24th -  8th Grade Retreat

Friday, October 26th – Out of Uniform - Chicago Diabetes Project (\$1 donation)

We learn this week about the different angles formed when a transversal intersects two lines. We will also learn how to find any unknown angle measure when two lines are cut by a transversal and we are given at least one angle measure. Finally, we will spend time reviewing the steps to solve one and two-step equations.

We conclude our unit on rational numbers this week.  We have solved problems using all operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) and using positive and negative fractions and decimals. We will finish the unit solving problems that involve two or more of these forms. Our unit test on rational numbers will be Friday, October 26th. We will complete a study guide in class to help review for the test. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

## October 15 - October 19

Posted on Oct 15, 2018

Reminders:

Tuesday, October 16:  School Pictures

Wednesday, October 17:  High School Options - Co-ed Schools

Friday, October 19:  All School Mass - Prayer Partners

Monday is Accelerated Math.   Groups 2 & 3 will take their unit test on exponents and scientific notation Thursday, October 14th.  Students will receive a study guide and additional practice problems are available on our Goggle classroom.  Group 1 will begin our unit on measurement geometry this week.  We begin by learning about the angles created when parallel lines are cut by a transversal.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We continue working on Tuesday with rational numbers.  First, we will work with multiplying rational numbers. We will also work with multiplying more than two rational numbers. Next, we will work with dividing rational numbers. We will finish the week solving word problems with rational numbers.

## October 8 - October 12

Posted on Oct 08, 2018

No School Monday, October 8 – Columbus Day

This week, we conclude our unit on exponents and scientific notation. We will finish the unit adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing using scientific notation. Students will have a study guide to prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom. Group 1 will take their unit test Friday, October 12. Groups 2 & 3 will take their unit test Tuesday, October 16th

This week we begin our unit on rational numbers. We will begin by turning rational numbers into decimals.  We will work with rational numbers that terminate or repeat. Next, we will add and subtract rational numbers.

## October 1 - October 5

Posted on Oct 01, 2018

Reminders: Picture Day is Tuesday, October 2nd.

We continue this week writing numbers in scientific notation and converting numbers from scientific notation to standard notation. Next, we will learn how to add and subtract using scientific notation. Numbers in scientific notation can be added and subtracted either directly or rewriting in standard form. We will finish the week multiplying and dividing using scientific notation.

This week we conclude our unit on multiplying and dividing integers. We will solve problems using the order of operations with integers and use integers to solve “real-world” problems. Our test on Unit 2 will be Friday, October 5th. Additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

## September 24 - September 28

Posted on Sep 24, 2018

Reminders: Special Lunch Orders due Wednesday, September 26th

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue using the properties of integer exponents. We will learn how to use scientific notation to express very large quantities and very small quantities.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin multiplying and dividing integers. We will learn the relationship between multiplication and division. We will use integer multiplication and integer division to solve “real-world” problems.

## September 17 - September 21

Posted on Sep 17, 2018

This week we begin our unit on Exponents and Scientific Notation. We begin with a review of exponential notation and powers of ten. Next, we will develop and use the properties of integer exponents. We will also spend some time this week reviewing operations with integers. We will have a quiz on operations with integers on Friday, September 21st.

We conclude our unit on adding and subtraction integers this week by solving multi-step problems with integers. Our unit test will take place Thursday, September 20th. Students will receive a study guide and additional problems are available on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

## September 10 - September 14

Posted on Sep 10, 2018

Reminders: No School Friday, September 14th

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Students will be given their objective goal in class on Monday.  Our unit test on Module 1 – Number Sets will be on Thursday, September 13th.  We will review for the test in class and additional practice problems will be available on our Google classroom.

Monday is Accelerated Math. Students will be given their objective goal in class on Monday. On Tuesday, we begin working on subtracting integers. We will finish the week solving multistep problems involving addition and subtraction of integers.  Our unit test on Module 1 – Adding and Subtracting Integers is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th.  Practice problems to help prepare for the test will be available on our Google classroom.

## September 03 - September 07

Posted on Sep 04, 2018

We continue this week working with numbers sets. We will order real numbers using estimation. We will identify number sets for “real world” situations. We will review absolute value and order of operations. Our unit test on number sets is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 12th. Practice problems to help prepare for the test will be posted to our Google classroom.

We continue this week working with adding integers with the same signs and different signs. We will have a quiz on adding integers on Thursday, September 6th. Practice problems for the quiz will be available on our Google classroom. We will finish the week learning how to subtract integers.

## August 27 - August 31

Posted on Aug 26, 2018

Welcome Back! I hope that everyone had a great summer. An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the "Important Documents" section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our "Go Math' series.  Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year.

I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you at Open House this Wednesday, August 29th at 6:30 p.m.

We begin the school year discussing number sets.  First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers.  Next, we will move on to irrational numbers. We will find square roots and cube roots. We will finish the week ordering real numbers.

We begin the school year working with integers. First, we will discuss the ways we see integers in everyday events. Next, we will start adding integers with the same sign.  We will then work with adding integers with different signs.  We finish the week learning how to subtract integers.

## March 26 - March 28

Posted on Mar 25, 2018

Our unit test on Functions is Monday. On Tuesday and Wednesday, will learn how to represent and solve equations with variables on both sides of an equation.

We will work this week with vertical, adjacent, supplementary and complementary angles. We will also measure angles using a protractor.

## February 20 - February 23

Posted on Feb 20, 2018

Our unit test on nonproportional relationships will be this Friday, February 23rd. The test will consist of graphing linear relationships using slope and y-intercept, representing linear relationships using tables, and distinguishing between proportional and nonproportional situations. We will complete a study guide in class and additional practice problems can be found on our Google classroom.

This week we will solve and graph inequalities. First, we will write and solve one-step inequalities. We will learn which inequalities are solved just like a one-step equations and which inequalities involve additional steps. Next, we will write and solve two-step inequalities. We will also spend some time reviewing operations with integers.

## February 12 - February 16

Posted on Feb 13, 2018

We conclude our unit on nonproportional relationships this week. We continue graphing nonproportional linear relationships using slope and x-and y-intercepts. We will finish the unit comparing proportional and nonproportional relationships using graphs, tables, and equations. Our unit test will be Tuesday, February 20th. We will complete a study guide to help prepare for the test.

Our unit test on expressions and equations will be Wednesday, February 14th for Groups 1 and 2. Group 3 will take their test on Thursday, February 15th. We will review and complete a study guide to help prepare for the test. On Thursday, we will begin our next unit on inequalities. We will start the unit by writing and solving one step equations using inequalities.

## February 05 - February 09

Posted on Feb 05, 2018

REMINDERS:

Graduation Pictures will be taken on Wednesday, February 7th

Sunday, February 11th, the 8th graders will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation.

Monday is Accelerate Math.  We will spend the rest of the week graphing lines using slope and the x-and y-intercepts and analyzing graphs representing real world situations.

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue writing and solving equations this week, focusing on two-step and multi-step equations.  Our unit test on expressions and equations is scheduled for Tuesday, February 13th.  We will complete a study guide in class. Practice problems will also be available in our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

## January 29 - February 02

Posted on Jan 29, 2018

We continue this week working with slope and the x- and y-intercepts of a line. We will focus on equations written in slope-intercept form (y=mx b). We will finish the week learning how to determine the slope and y-intercept of a line represented by a table.

We start the week writing and solving one-step equations and learn about inverse operations. Next, we will write and solve two step equations. Our equations will include integers, fractions and decimals.

## January 22 - January 26

Posted on Jan 23, 2018

Reminders: Please join us for mass this Sunday, January 28 at 10:00 AM to help celebrate the start of Catholic Schools Week.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on nonproportional relationships. We will begin by using and creating tables, graphs, and equations to represent linear nonproportional relationships. Next, we will learn to how to find the y- and x-intercepts of a line.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue working with algebraic expressions and equations. We will use the distributive property to help simplify expressions. Next, we will use the mathematical properties to add, subtract and multiply algebraic expressions. We will finish the week solving one step equations. On Wednesday, January 24th, we will have a quiz covering simplifying expressions and combing like terms.

## January 15 - January 19

Posted on Jan 15, 2018

Reminders: Confirmation Forms are due back this week.

We continue this week working with the Pythagorean Theorem and testing the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem. We will learn how to use the Pythagorean Theorem to find the distance between two points on a coordinate plane. On Friday, January 19, we will have a quiz covering all concepts related to Pythagorean Theorem. Additional practice problems to help prepare for the quiz will be available on our Google classroom.

This week we will continue working with algebraic expressions and equations. First, we will learn the different parts of an expression and equation. We will write and translate algebraic expressions and evaluate expressions using different operations. Finally, we will work with identifying and simplifying like terms.

## December 11 - December 15

Posted on Dec 11, 2017

Monday is Accelerated Math. This week we use the Exterior Angle Theorem to find the measures of the angles of triangles. We will finish the unit learning how to determine when two triangles are similar. Our Chapter 11 test is tentatively schedule for Tuesday, December 19th. Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will also be posted on our Google classroom.

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue this week solving problems with multiple percents. We will solve problems combining percent mark-up, discounts, and sales tax. We will finish the week using the proportional method to solve various percent problems. Our Chapter 5 test is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, December 19th. Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will also be posted on our Google classroom.

## December 04 - December 08

Posted on Dec 04, 2017

Our all school field trip to see the movie WONDER is this Wednesday, December 6th

We continue this week working with angle theorems for triangles.  We will prove why the sum of the angles of a triangle equals 180Â°. Next, we will learn about exterior angles and remote interior angles.  We will have a quiz on Thursday, December 7th on angles formed by a transversal. Practice problems to help prepare for the quiz can be found on our Google classroom.

We continue working this week with percents.  We will learn about calculating retail price using markups and markdowns. Next, we learn how to calculate simple interest. On Thursday, December 7th, we will have a quiz on converting fractions, decimals and percents.  There will be a practice quiz on our Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz.

## November 27 - December 1

Posted on Nov 26, 2017

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break!

The Catholic High School Entrance Exam is Saturday, December 2nd at 8:00 a.m. Students are encouraged to pre-register prior to taking the exam. Information regarding the exam, as well as the pre-registration form, can be found on each high school’s website.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with angles formed when two parallel lines are cut by a transversal. Next, we will solve for unknown angle measures using parallel lines cut by a transversal.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, our 7th grade students will welcome students from Bernard Zell Jewish School and Islamic Foundation School and learn about the similarities and differences in their faith traditions.  We will finish the week working with percent increase and decrease.

## November 13 - November 17

Posted on Nov 14, 2017

Reminders: Report cards will be distributed Wednesday, November 15th . Our field trip to Mother McAuley to see the musical Les Miserables is also Wednesday.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our first geometry unit. The unit will focus on using angles relationships in parallel lines and triangles to solve real-world problems. First, we will learn the different types of angles formed by a line that intersects two lines in the same plane. Next, we will work with angle theorems for triangles.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on proportions and percents. We will start with a review of converting decimals and fractions to percents. Next, we will learn how to use percents to describe change. First, we will work with solving problems with percent increase. We will finish the week solving for percent decrease.

## November 06 - November 10

Posted on Nov 06, 2017

REMINDERS:  Wednesday, November 8th is our retreat at St. Rita High School.  Students should bring a “brown bag” lunch on Wednesday to bring to the retreat.

This week we wrap up our unit on rate of change and slope. We will finish the unit by learning how to interrupt a unit rate as slope and graphing proportional relationships. Our unit quiz will be Friday, November 10th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the quiz.  In addition, additional practice problems will be available our Google classroom.

This week we conclude our unit on rates and proportionality.  We will finish the unit by analyzing and creating graphs that represent proportional relationships. Our unit quiz will be Friday, November 10th.  Students will complete a study guide to help review for the quiz. Additional problems can be found on our Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz.

## October 30 - November 3

Posted on Oct 30, 2017

Thursday, November 2nd is the second of our high school option days. The single-gender schools will visit in the afternoon to inform students about their schools and programs.

Monday is Accelerated Math. We will spend the remainder of the week calculating slope using coordinates or graphs.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin working with proportional relationships. Many real-world situations can be described by proportional relationships, as they have special characteristics.  We will learn how to identity and represent proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations.

## October 23 - October 27

Posted on Oct 22, 2017

We continue this week working with proportional relationships, focusing on slope.  We will discuss the four different types of slope that can define a line. We will learn how to find the slope of a line using a graph or values from a table. We will have a quiz Friday on identifying proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations.

Tuesday is our quiz on rational numbers.  A practice quiz is available on our Google classroom.  On Wednesday, we begin our unit on rates and proportionality. We will start by finding and using unit rates. We will compute units rates associated with ratios of fractions using like or different units.

## October 16 - October 20

Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Tuesday is the first of our high school options days.  The co-ed schools will be here in the morning to talk to the junior high students.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue learning how tables, equations, and graphs can represent proportional relationships. Next, we will learn how to find a rate of change or slope. We will finish the week interpreting the rate of change using a table or graph.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we will continue dividing rational numbers. We conclude the unit learning about tools, such as rulers, protractors, and models that can be used to help solve mathematical problems. Our quiz on rational numbers will be next Tuesday, October 24th.

## October 9 - October 13

Posted on Oct 09, 2017

I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend!

Our unit test on real numbers and scientific notation is Wednesday, October 11th.  Practice problems for the test can be found on our Google classroom.  On Thursday, we begin our next unit, proportional relationships. We will start by using tables, graphs and equations to represent proportional situations.

We continue this week on our rational numbers unit.  We will learn how to subtract, multiply, and divide rational numbers. Next, we will use different forms of rational numbers and learn how certain tools can help us solve problems. We will focus on modeling real world examples to demonstrate rational numbers.

## October 2 - October 6

Posted on Oct 02, 2017

The Week of October 2 – October 6

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue adding and subtracting using scientific notation. Next, we will multiply and divide using scientific notation.  Our unit test on real numbers and scientific notation will be Wednesday, October 11th.  On Friday, we will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will be available on Google classroom to help students prepare for the test.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will take a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers.  A practice quiz can be found on Google classroom to help prepare for the quiz.  On Wednesday, we begin our next unit on rational numbers. We will convert rational numbers to decimals, then begin adding rational numbers with the same sign.

## September 25 - September 29

Posted on Sep 25, 2017

The Week of September 25 – September 29

Monday is Accelerated Math.   We continue this week learning how to use scientific notation to express very large and very small numbers. We will finish the week learning how to add, subtract, multiply, and divide using scientific notation.

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue this week multiplying and dividing integers. We will also learn integer operations to solve real-world problems.  On Friday, September 29th, we will take a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers. Practice problems to help prepare for the quiz can be found on Google classroom.

## September 18 - September 22

Posted on Sep 21, 2017

The Week of September 18 – September 22

On Wednesday, September 20th, we will have a quiz on properties of exponents. Practice problems for the quiz can be found on Google classroom.  We will spend the rest of the week working with scientific notation. First, we will work with scientific notation with positive powers of 10. Next, we will work with scientific notation with negative powers of 10.

Our unit test on adding and subtracting integers will be Wednesday, September 20th. Students will receive a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Practice problems can be also found on Google classroom.  We will finish the week multiplying and dividing integers.

## September 11 - September 15

Posted on Sep 13, 2017

The Week of September 11 – September 15

We continue working with integer exponents this week. We will learn how to simplify complicated expressions using powers of products. Our quiz on integer exponents is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 20th.  On Thursday, we begin Accelerated Math.  No school Friday!

This week, we will conclude our unit on adding and subtracting integers.  Our unit test will be Wednesday, September 20th.  Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Additional problems to help review for the test can be found on Google classroom.  No school Friday!

## September 4 - September 8

Posted on Sep 04, 2017

The Week of September 4 – September 8

On Tuesday, we begin our next unit, “Exponents and Scientific Notation”.  We start by exploring properties of integer exponents. We will work with multiplying and dividing exponents using Powers of 10. Next, we will work with negative exponents and learn about the negative exponent property. Finally, we will finish the week multiplying and dividing exponents and learn about the product of powers property and quotient of powers property.

On Wednesday, we will have a quiz on adding integers and absolute value.  Practice problems to help prepare for the quiz can be found in our Google classroom.  Reviewing notes, homework, and class work are also excellent ways to help prepare for the quiz. On Thursday, we begin subtracting integers and solving “real world” problems using integers.

## August 28 - September 1

Posted on Aug 29, 2017

The Week of August 28 – September 1

We continue learning about real numbers this week. We will compare and order irrational and rational numbers.  We will also approximate irrational numbers and locate them on a number line.   Our Unit 1– Real Numbers quiz will be at the end of this week.  Period 8 students will take the quiz on Thursday, August 31st and Periods 6 and 7 students will take their quiz on Friday, September 1st.

This week we continue working with integers. We will work with finding the absolute value of a number. Next, we learn how to add integers with different signs. We will end the week learning how to subtract integers. Our first quiz is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, September 6th.

## August 21 - August 25

Posted on Aug 19, 2017

Welcome Back!!  I hope that everyone had a great summer.   An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the “Important Documents” section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our “Go Math” series.   Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year.  I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you at Open House on Wednesday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m.

We begin the school year discussing number sets.   First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers, and then move on to irrational numbers. We will work with finding square roots and cube roots.  We will finish the week ordering real numbers.

We begin the school year working with integers.  We start by adding integers with the same sign and then move on to adding integers with different signs.  We will finish the week learning to subtract integers.

## The Week of May 22nd - May 26th

Posted on May 21, 2017

REMINDERS:  8th grade ribbon mass is Thursday, May 25th at 8:15am.

We finish the year working on a project that includes many of the topics learned the past few years in math. Students will research and plan a family vacation.  The project will include using budgets, percents, estimating, rounding, and presenting data.

This week we begin our unit on probability and statistics. We will learn how to describe the likelihood of an event and understand that the probability of a chance event is a number between 0 and 1. We will find the experimental probability of a simple event. Next, we will find the experimental probability of a compound event.

## The Week of May 15th - May 19th

Posted on May 16, 2017

REMINDERS:

May Crowing – Friday, May 19th, 11AM

8th grade students should arrive in their homerooms by 10:30AM. All students will be dismissed at 11:30 AM, following the May Crowing.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Tuesday we will review for Wednesday’s test on transformations.  Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Additional review problems can be found on our Google Classroom.

Monday is Accelerated Math. Tuesday we will review for Wednesday’s test on Chapter 8.  Students will receive a study guide and additional review problems can be found on our Google Classroom.  On Thursday, we begin our unit on statistics and probability.

## The Week of May 8th - May 12th

Posted on May 08, 2017

REMINDERS:  No School Friday, May 12th?

We conclude our unit on transformations this week. We finish the unit working with congruent figures and identifying a sequence of transformations. Our unit test will be Tuesday, May 16th. We will review for out test next Monday.  Practice problems will be posted on our Google classroom.

On Monday, we will continue working on our scale drawing of a room in a house.  We will conclude our unit working with angles. We will measure angles using a protractor.  We will also use algebra and two-step equations to solve for missing angles. Our unit test will be Wednesday, May 13th.  We will complete a study guide for the test.  Practice problems will be posted on our Google classroom to help prepare for the test.

## The Week of May 1st - May 5th

Posted on Apr 30, 2017

REMINDERS:

**Graduation cap, gown, and tassel forms are due this week.**

On Tuesday, students are welcome to wear a red shirt and join with schools in our area to support for the Special Olympics Program.  Please send \$1.00 to show your gratitude and support.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin working with the algebraic representations of transformations. We will learn the rules to show a translation, reflection and rotation using an algebraic expression. We will finish the week working with congruent figures and understanding what connection they have to transformations.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we will learn about unique triangles. Next, we will practice drawing shapes that satisfy given conditions.  We will finish the week identifying the cross sections of three-dimensional figures and using angle relationships to solve problems.

## The Week of April 24th - April 28th

Posted on Apr 24, 2017

I hope that everyone had a wonderful Easter and enjoyed the break!

This week students will take the Aspire tests. Please make sure your Chromebooks are charged and ready to go!

We will work this week creating translations, reflections and rotations. We will also learn about and create tessellations.

This week we begin our unit on modeling geometric figures. We will work with similar shapes and scale drawings.

## The Week of April 3rd - April 7th

Posted on Apr 03, 2017

We continue this week working with transformations.  We will learn how to describe the properties of reflection and their effect on the congruence and orientation of figures. Next, we will learn how to describe the properties of rotations and their effect on the orientation of figures.  On Friday, we will have a quiz on translations and reflections.

This week, we will conclude our unit on circumference, area, and volume. Group One will take their unit test on Friday, April 7th.  Groups two and three will take their test on Monday, April 10th.  Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Additional problems to help prepare for the test will be posted on our Google classroom.

## The Week of March 27th - March 31st

Posted on Mar 26, 2017

The Week of March 27th-March 31st

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on transformations and congruence.  We will start by learning how to describe the properties of translation and their effect on the congruence and orientation of figures. Next, we will work with describing the properties of reflection and their effect on the congruence and orientation of figures.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will spend some time calculating the volume of 3-dimensional figures. Next, we will begin working with circles.  We will start by finding the circumference off a circle. Then we will learn how to find the area of a circle.

## The Week of March 20th - March 24th

Posted on Mar 20, 2017

This week we conclude our unit on functions. On Monday and Tuesday, we will be analyzing graphs. We will work on describing a relationship given a graph and sketching a graph given a description. On Wednesday, we will begin reviewing the unit.  Students will be work on a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Our test will be Friday, March 24th.

This week we continue working on surface area and volume of polyhedrons. We will work with triangular prisms, rectangular prisms, trapezoidal prisms, and cubes. Next, we will begin working with circles.  We will start by finding the circumference of a circle.  Students will have a quiz on Thursday, March 23rd covering area and perimeter of polygons and composite shapes.

## The Week of March 13th - March 17th

Posted on Mar 13, 2017

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we continue comparing functions written as an equation or a table. We will also compare functions represented as a graphs. Next, we will write function rules given a table or real-world situation. We will finish the week analyzing graphs.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will continue working with the surface area of cubes, rectangular prisms, and triangular prisms. Next, we will learn how to calculate the surface area of composite figures. We will finish the week solving volume problems. We will start with the volume of a triangular prism.

## The Week of March 6th - March 10th

Posted on Mar 06, 2017

We continue this week working with functions. We will start the week learning what characteristics we can use to describe functions. We will learn to identify linear functions and non-linear functions. Next, we will graph functions.  We will finish the week comparing functions written as equations to functions represented by tables. We will have a quiz on Thursday, March 9th.  The quiz will cover identifying the domain and range of a relation and creating a function table.

We continue this week calculating the area of composite figures. Next, we will find the surface are of prisms and composite solids. We will have a quiz on Thursday, March 9th, covering polygons and solving for the missing angles of triangles and quadrilaterals. Google classroom will have a list of the vocabulary terms students will need to know for the quiz.

## The Week of February 27th - March 3rd

Posted on Feb 27, 2017

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with functions. We will identify functions from mapping diagrams, tables, and graphs. Next, we will work with describing a function and determine whether they are linear. Finally, we will begin writing function rules.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with the area and perimeter of two-dimensional figures.  Next, we will begin calculating the area and perimeter of composite figures. We will finish the week working with three-dimensional figures.

## The Week of February 20th - February 24th

Posted on Feb 20, 2017

Our unit test on volume is Wednesday, February 22nd.  We will review for the test on Tuesday.  Practice problems to help prepare for the test are available on Google Classroom. On Thursday, we begin our unit on functions.  We will start by identifying and representing functions.

Groups 2 & 3 will take their unit test on expressions and equations on Wednesday, February 22nd.  There are practice problems available on Google Classroom to help prepare for the test. Next, we will begin our geometry unit.  We will start by reviewing polygons, as well as area and perimeter of quadrilaterals.

## The Week of February 13th - February 17th

Posted on Feb 14, 2017

This week we will conclude our unit on volume.  We will learn how to find the volume of a sphere.  Next, we will review how to find the volume of a cube, pyramid, and prism. Our unit test on volume is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 22nd.  Practice problems to help prepare for the test will be able on Google Classroom.

We conclude our unit on expressions and equations this week and will prepare for our unit test.  Group one will take their unit test on Friday, February 17th. Groups two and three will take their test on Wednesday, February 22nd. Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will also be available on Google Classroom.

## The Week of February 6th - February 10th

Posted on Feb 06, 2017

REMINDERS:

**Graduation Pictures will be taken on Thursday, February 9th.

**This Sunday, the eighth graders will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. The prayer service and rehearsal for students, parents, and sponsors (if possible) is Wednesday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m. The Confirmation liturgy will take place Sunday, February 12 at 12 p.m. mass.  Students and their sponsors should arrive at 11:30 a.m.

Monday is Accelerated Math. We continue working with this week the volume formulas for a cylinder and cone.  We will then begin working to find the volume of a sphere.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  This week we focus on solving and writing two-step equations. On Friday, we will conclude the unit and begin preparing for our unit test, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th.   Students will receive a study guide for the test and additional practice problems will be posted on Google Classroom.

## The Week of January 30th - February 3rd

Posted on Jan 30, 2017

Thank you to all who came to the Open House!

This week we begin our unit on volume.  We will learn the formulas and solve to find the volume of cylinders, cones, and spheres.

We continue working this week with expressions and equations. We will focus on solving problems with integers and rational numbers (decimals and fractions).  On Thursday, we will have a quiz on solving one-step equations. We will finish the week writing two-step equations.

## The Week of January 23rd - January 27th

Posted on Jan 24, 2017

Monday is Accelerated Math. This week we conclude our unit on angles and triangles.  Our unit test will be Thursday, January 26th.  Students will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Enjoy the ski trip Friday!!

Monday is Accelerated Math. This week we will learn how to use inverse operations to solve one and two-step equations. We will then practice solving real-world word problems using inverse operations. We will finish the week creating our own unique word problems.

## The Week of January 17th - January 20th

Posted on Jan 16, 2017

Homeroom Reminder:  Please return the “release” form you received at the high school entrance exam as soon as possible.

We continue this week working with the Pythagorean Theorem.  We will test and use the converse of the Pythagorean Theorem to solve problems. Next, we will use the Pythagorean Theorem in the Coordinate Plane.  Finally, we will finish the week learning how to determine if two triangles are similar.  Our unit test on is tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, January 25th.

We continue this week working with expressions and equations. We will continue translating expressions and combining like terms. We will use the distributive property to help simplify expressions. We will finish the week solving one-step equations.  On Friday, we will have a quiz covering writing, translating, and evaluating algebraic expressions.

## The Week of January 9th - January 13th

Posted on Jan 09, 2017

Happy New Year!  I hope everyone had wonderful holiday!

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with angles and triangles. Students will solve problems using The Triangle Sum Theorem and The Exterior Angle Theorem. We will learn how to determine when two triangles are similar.  We will finish the week learning about The Pythagorean Theorem.  On Friday, we will have a quiz on angles formed by parallel lines cut by a transversal (corresponding angles, alternate interior angles, etc.)

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, we begin our unit on expressions and equations.  We will translate and write algebraic expressions and equations. Next, we will work with combining like terms.  We will finish the week working with the commutative, associative and distributive properties.

## The Week of December 19th - December 23rd

Posted on Dec 20, 2016

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will take a practice test to help prepare for the upcoming high school entrance exams.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we will continue working with angles and triangles.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  Tuesday is our unit test on percents. Check Google Classroom for extra practice problems.  On Wednesday and Thursday, we will translate algebraic equations and expressions.

I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas.  Enjoy the break!

## The Week of December 12 - December 16th

Posted on Dec 12, 2016

Monday is our field trip to the Holocaust Museum.

We continue this week working with lines and angles. On Tuesday, we will work with lines cut by a transversal. Next, we will work with the measures of the angles of a triangle. We will finish the week working with similar angles.

On Tuesday we will work some more with simple interest. We will conclude the unit working with multi-step percent problems. We will finish the week reviewing for our unit test, which will take place on Tuesday, December 20th. Students will receive a study guide for the test and additional practice problems will be posted on our Google classroom.

## The Week of December 5th - December 9th

Posted on Dec 05, 2016

On Monday, we will conclude our unit on non-proportional relationships.  Our test on this unit is Thursday, December 8th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will also be posted on Google Classroom.  On Friday, we begin our geometry unit on lines and angles.

We continue working this week working on percents.  We will work with specific percent increase and decrease scenarios such as mark-up, discount and sales tax.  We will also learn how to calculate simple interest. We will finish the week working with situations that require applying more than one percent to a problem.  Our quiz on percent is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 15th.

## The Week of November 28th - December 2nd

Posted on Nov 27, 2016

I hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving and enjoyed the break!

Reminder: No School Friday, December 2nd due to our Faculty Inservice Day.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with x- and y-intercepts, as well as slope. We will use slope intercept form (y = mx b) to write linear equations. We will finish the week graphing linear equations using the x-and y-intercepts.  Our quiz on this unit is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, December 8th.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin working with percent increase and decrease.  We will also use the percent of change and original amount to find the new amount.  We will finish the we learning about mark-up and discount and how each is calculated.

## The Week of November 14th - November 18th

Posted on Nov 13, 2016

Second semester begins today, November 14th.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with non-proportional relationships. We will create linear non-proportional relationships using tables, equations and graphs.  Next, we learn how to determine slope using the y-intercept. On Friday, we will take a break from non-proportional relationships and review some geometry concepts including angles, area, and perimeter.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we be our unit on Proportions and Percent.  We will start by a review the relationship between fractions, decimals and percents.  We spend the rest of the week working on percent increase and decrease.  Students will have a quiz on converting fractions – decimals – percents on Friday, November 18th.

## The Week of November 7th - November 11th

Posted on Nov 06, 2016

The Week of November 7th - November 11th

Reminders:

Tuesday, November 8th  is re-takes for students who missed picture day. Students who were absent on picture day are allowed to be out of uniform for the the day.

Friday, November 11th is the end of the 1st trimester.

This week we wrap up our unit on slope and proportional relationships.  Students in Class Period 8 will take their unit quiz on Tuesday, November 8th.  Students in Class Periods 6 & 7 will take their unit quiz on Thursday, November 10th.  We will then begin our next unit on non-proportional relationships.  We will make tables, write equations and draw graphs to model real-world non-proportional relationships.

This week we complete our unit on rates and proportionality. We will complete the unit by creating graphs to represent and analyze proportional relationships. Students will take their quiz on the unit on Thursday, November 10th.  On Friday, we will begin our next unit, percents.

## The Week of October 31st - November 4th

Posted on Oct 31, 2016

Happy Halloween!    Students may wear orange or black on Monday!

Monday is Accelerated Math.  This week we complete our unit on slope and rate of change.  We will finish the unit learning how to interrupt the rate of change as slope. Students in class period 8 will take their quiz on this unit on Friday, November 4th.  Students in class periods 7 and 8 will take their unit quiz on Monday, November 7th.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we continue working with unit rates and recognizing and representing proportional relationships between quantities. We will finish the week graphing proportional relationships. Our quiz on this unit is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, November 8th

## The Week of October 23rd - October 28th

Posted on Oct 23, 2016

The Week of October 24th – October 28th

8th Grade:  This week we will be working with rate of change and slope.  We will determine the rate of change from two values using a table or graph. Next, we will calculate slope.  First, we will calculate slope using “rise” over “run”.  Next, we will use points on a graph to calculate slope.

7th Grade:  The week we continue working with unit rates.  We will compute unit rates associated with ratios of lengths, areas and other quantities measured in different units. Next, we will recognize and represent proportional relationships between quantities. We will also learn how to determine the constant of proportionality using a table or a graph.

## The Week of October 17th - October 21st

Posted on Oct 16, 2016

REMINDERS:

Tuesday, October 18th is our retreat at St. Rita High School.  Students should bring a “brown bag” lunch on Tuesday to bring to the retreat.

Wednesday, October 22nd is the first of our two high school options days.  Representatives and former SJF students from the co-ed schools will be here to talk to the Jr High about their schools.

This week we begin our unit on proportional relationships. The first part of the week we will analyze and create proportional relationships using tables, graphs and equations.  The second part of the week we will work with rate of change, independent and dependent variables, and slope.

This week we begin our unit on rates and proportionality.  We will spend the week working with ratios, rates, and unit rates. We will focus on finding units rates and using them in “real world” situations.

## The Week of October 10th - October 14th

Posted on Oct 10, 2016

The Week of October 10th – October 14th

Our unit test on real numbers, exponents, and scientific notation will take place this week.  Students in class period 8 will take their tests on Wednesday, October 12th.  Students in class periods 6 & 7 will take their tests on Friday, October 14th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems are available on Google Classroom.

On Tuesday, we will complete our unit on operations with rational numbers. Our unit test will be on Friday, October 14th.  We will complete a study guide in class to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems from the unit are available on Google Classroom.

## The Week of October 3rd - October 7th

Posted on Oct 03, 2016

Reminder – Picture Day is Tuesday, October 4th!

Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we will begin working with operations using scientific notation. First, we learn how to add and subtract numbers using scientific notation.  Next, we will learn how to multiply and divide numbers using scientific notation.  Our unit test, covering rational and irrational numbers, as well as exponents and scientific notation, is tentatively scheduled for Thursday, October 13th.  Students will receive a study guide to help prepare for the test. Additional practice problems will also be available on Google Classroom.

Operation with integers is an important part of a number of the topics studied in 8th grade.  Those students who would like a review of adding and subtracting integers may attend one of two sessions where we will review and work on problems.  Students may attend either one of the following sessions: Tuesday, October 4th at 7:30 a.m.   OR    Thursday, October 6th at 2:30 p.m.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We will spend the remainder of the week working with rational numbers.  We will work with all operations using fractions and decimals.  We will complete this section on Friday and begin reviewing for our unit test, which will include all operations with integers and rational numbers. Our unit test will be Thursday, October 13th.  Students will receive a study to help prepare for the test.  Additional practice problems will also be available on Google Classroom.

## The Week of September 26th - September 30th

Posted on Sep 26, 2016

Reminder-St. Rita Retreat Permission Slips are due Friday, September 30th.

Monday is Accelerated Math. On Thursday, we will have a quiz on the properties of integer exponents. There will be practice problems to help prepare for the quiz on Google Classrom. All other days of the week will be spent expressing numbers using scientific notation with positive powers of 10 and negative powers of 10. We will also learn to translate between scientific notation and standard notation.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We will have a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers on Wednesday.  There are practice problems to help prepare for the quiz on Google Classroom. We will then begin our next unit on rational numbers. We will learn the properties of rational numbers and convert rational numbers to decimals using division.

## The Week of September 19th - September 23rd

Posted on Sep 19, 2016

We continue this week working with properties of integer exponents.  We will review the zero exponent and negative exponent properties.  We will work with multiplication and division with exponents, as well as the power to a power property. Next, we will use scientific notation to represent very large and very small quantities.

This week we learn how to multiply and divide integers. We will discuss the relationship between multiplication and division and discover why division by zero is not possible. We will finish the week combining all four operations with integers to solve “real world” problems.  This week will also include a review of order of operations.  We will have a quiz on multiplying and dividing integers the early part of next week.

## The Week of September 12th - September 16th

Posted on Sep 12, 2016

Monday we begin the Accelerated Math program.  Accelerated Math is a program that allows students to work independently and review of topics previously taught in class.   We will typically work on Accelerated Math in class every other Monday.

Periods 6 and 7:  Monday is Accelerated Math. On Tuesday, students in will take the Unit 1 - Real Numbers Quiz.   On Wednesday, we begin our Exponents and Scientific Notation unit.  First, we will learn about the properties of integer exponents.  We will learn the rules to use when working with negative exponents and when multiplying similar bases with different exponents.

Period 8:   Monday is Accelerated Math.  On Tuesday, we begin our Exponents and Scientific Notation unit.  We will learn the rules to use when working with negative exponents and when multiplying similar bases with different exponents.  Next, we will learn the rules to use when dividing similar bases.  We will finish the week working with positive powers of 10.

Monday is Accelerated Math.  We will take our quiz on Adding and Subtracting Integers (Unit 1) this week.  Period 1 will take the quiz on Tuesday; Periods 2 and 5 will take the quiz on Wednesday.  We will spend the rest of the week working on our next unit, multiplying and dividing integers.

## The Week of September 5th - September 9th

Posted on Sep 05, 2016

This week we continue working with real numbers.  We will compare and order irrational and rational numbers.  We will also approximate irrational numbers and locate them on a number line.  Our Unit 1 – Real Numbers quiz will be at the end of this week.  Period 8 students will take the quiz on Thursday, September  8th.  Periods 6 and 7 students will take their quiz on Friday, September 9th.

We continue working with integers this week.  First, we will learn how to subtract integers.  Next, we will solve “real-world” problems using addition and subtraction of integers.   Students in Period 1 will take their Unit 1 – Adding and Subtracting Integers Quiz on Friday, September 9th.  Students in Periods 2 and 5 will take their Unit 1 quiz on Tuesday, September 13th

## Week of August 29th - September 2nd

Posted on Aug 24, 2016

Welcome Back!!  I hope that everyone had a great summer.   An outline of my class expectations and curriculum can be found in the “Important Documents” section of my blog.  This year we will use the on-line version of our “Go Math” series.   Each week, I will post an overview on my blog of the topics we will cover in math.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have during the school year.

I am looking forward to a great school year and hope to see you at “Meet the Teacher Night” on Tuesday, August 30th, at 6:30 p.m.

We begin the school year discussing number sets.   First, we will discuss and work with rational numbers, and then move on to irrational numbers. We will work with finding square roots and cube roots.  We will finish the week ordering real numbers.

We begin the school year working with integers.  We start by adding integers with the same sign and then move on to adding integers with different signs.  We will finish the week learning to subtract integers.

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